Former Los Angeles Clipper Derek Anderson said he is not surprised after hearing alleged racial comments made by owner Donald Sterling.
"My first reaction was, ‘It's about time.' We've always known how he was, how he treated people," said Anderson.
Sources said Sterling's girlfriend, V. Stiviano, recorded the conversation without his knowledge. In the recording, a man can be heard telling a woman not to bring minorities to his games.
Anderson played for the Clippers from 1999 to 2008.
"He didn't pay us any attention. We were his players. I've played for other owners and they come up and shake your hand. They embrace you because they feel like you're a product of them, and he never did that," said Anderson.
Anderson said players made comments to general managers about their concerns, but he said they viewed Sterling's interactions as "business" and did not take the players' concerns seriously.
"It couldn't have been personal because he didn't know us, so it had to be something else," said Anderson.
Anderson feels the incident points to a bigger problem.
"What this situation is about is opening the eyes of what it's really about in the business world," said Anderson.
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