The story of the weekend has been the racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. Among the people affected by his comments was Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Matt Kemp.
As the baffling conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend unfolded, Kemp’s name was raised. From the transcript provided on Deadspin.com:
"V: Honey, if it makes you happy, I will remove all of the black people from my Instagram.DS: You said that before, you said, “I understand.”V: I DID remove the people that were independently on my Instagram that are black.DS: Then why did you start saying that you didn’t? You just said that you didn’t remove them. You didn’t remove every—V: I didn’t remove Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson, but I thought—DS: Why?V: I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me.DS: OK.V: He’s lighter and whiter than me.DS: OK.V: I met his mother."
Kemp commented on the situation before the Dodgers took the field against the Colorado Rockies Sunday afternoon. As passed along by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
This situation is very serious, of course, and the NBA and the Clippers will surely proceed accordingly. That said, if you were in Kemp’s position here, what could you do but take a moment to laugh at the absurdity of the situation and the way your name was brought up?