TMZ Sports reported it had obtained audio of an argument between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano. In the nearly 10-minute audio clip, the person on the recording confronts a female about publicly associating with minorities. The person instructs the female not to bring Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson to Clippers games.
TNT's Ernie Johnson heard from Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith on the incident itself and what should happen next.
Mike Bass, NBA executive vice president of communication, said the league is making a "full investigation" into whether the racist words on the recording were made by Sterling, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.
"The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive, but at this time we have no further information," Bass said.
As Barkley noted, Sterling settled a $2.725 million housing discrimination lawsuit in 2009, via Scott Glover of the Los Angeles Times. Former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor also sued the franchise in 2011 claiming "he was fired on the basis of age and race," via ESPN.com's J.A. Adande.
There's a history here with Sterling and an uncertain future. His Clippers will try to stay focused on the present when their opening-round series with the Golden State Warriors resumes with Game 4 Sunday afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC).