Dodgers' Kemp mentioned on tape, dragged into Clippers controversy

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The controversy swirling around LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist remarks pulled Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp in Sunday.

Kemp is mentioned in the transcript of the audio tapes as having attended a Clippers game with his mother and posed with Sterling's mistress, V. Stiviano, for a photo.

"I was shocked, really shocked," Kemp said, recalling that he did meet Stiviano and pose for a photo at a Clippers game.

"I remember taking a picture but I didn't think it would ever come to this. This is crazy, man -- after one picture. After taking a picture with somebody, you get linked to something like this. I guess you've got to be careful who you take pictures with now -- or just don't take pictures."

As for Sterling's remarks, Kemp said there was "no place for racism" in the NBA or Major League Baseball. Kemp has often been a spokesman on the issue of racism in sports during baseball's annual Jackie Robinson Day events.

"Racism is kind of old. For real. Honestly, I just feel sorry for him that he feels that way about African-American people," Kemp said.

Kemp said he feels "sorry" for his friends on the Clippers, including Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The Dodgers outfielder said he would think twice about attending a Clippers game again as long as Sterling is the owner.

He also said he couldn't see himself playing for a team owned by someone with the type of beliefs Sterling allegedly espoused.

"It would be tough," he said. "I would figure out a way not to be in that situation anymore."

 


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