It’s not shocking that Oprah Winfrey isn’t a fan of Donald Sterling after a racist recording of the L.A. Clippers owner surfaced. The OWN boss and TV personality made that very clear as a guest on Tuesday’s (April 29) “CBS This Morning.”
Winfrey was technically on the show to promote her new tea line for Starbucks — that company’s CEO, Howard Schultz, was also on the program — but she was asked about her opinions on the NBA controversy as well.
“It feels like a plantation mentality in the 21st century, in 2014,” she says. “It just doesn’t fit. And I’m waiting to see what they do. Something has to be done … that needs to happen, like, now.”
Later on Tuesday, the NBA banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million because of the remarks and said it would seek a vote of Sterling’s fellow owners to force him to sell the team.
The controversy stems from a recording in which Sterling allegedly tells his girlfriend that she shouldn’t be seen with black people or bring them to Clipper games. Reactions from both the basketball and entertainment worlds have followed.