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Magic Johnson visits Saginaw, speaks out about Clippers controversy

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SAGINAW (WJRT) - (04/29/14) - Magic Johnson says he's happy with the NBA commissioner's historic ruling to ban LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the team and the league for the rest of his life.

Johnson made a stop in Saginaw Tuesday night to help raise money for the Promise Scholarship Program, but he's dealing with the Clippers controversy at the same time.

Commissioner Silver says the league determined Sterling did make racists remarks to his former girlfriend about bringing black people to his games. The scandal broke three days ago, after recorded conversations between the two were posted online.

Magic Johnson was mentioned in that recording.

"I'm just happy that commissioner Adam Silver came down hard and showed that we can't let people get away with this, even if you're an owner," Johnson said.

Johnson told a Saginaw crowd he was eating breakfast with his wife three days ago when he heard that Donald Sterling doesn't want him at Clippers games. And the racially-charged controversy that followed has been tough.

"My life has been affected for the last three days and then I'm still talking to you guys about it even right now," Johnson said. "But that's how it goes and hopefully we all can move on."

During a question and answer session with the audience, a young boy piped up, asking "What was your reaction to the Los Angeles Clippers racism thing?"

Johnson told them he had to stand up for himself and all minorities.

"I'm happy with the decision of the commissioner," he said to the crowd, which brought on a round of applause. "We have no place in our society for his views and the way he acted toward minorities."

Johnson also pointed out that Sterling has yet to apologize, and if he does, he is ready to forgive him.
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