Southern Tier people tell Clippers owner to get off court

By Matt Porter

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) When local basketball players heard about the racist remarks by NBA Clipper's owner Donald Sterling, they said the comments were an insult to the game.

Michael Kehoe, playing a pick up game in Johnson City, said sports are about bringing people together not tearing them apart.

"The thing about sports is that it becomes an even playing field for anybody competing, you don't play for the individual generally, you play for the team," Kehoe said.

He agreed with the NBA's decision to ban Sterling for life.

"It's clearly good for them to take this type of stance," Kehoe said, "To show that this type of behavior isn't accepted in a league that is clearly as diverse as people can get."

Davis College senior and men's basketball player Austin Sanders said racism doesn't believe anywhere near the basketball court.

"Every time I step on the court, I have many African American teammates and they're my brothers," Sanders said. "I'll fight for them, and I know they'll fight for me."

Dominique Sanders, a mother of two including one biracial child, doesn't want her children to grow up among people like Sterling.

"I have a daughter who is three and her dad is Irish. We were together for a while and to see someone who says, 'Don't hang out with that kind, don't bring that kind home,'" Sanders said. "What makes you any different, we all bleed the same color."

She had some strong advice for the NBA mogul.

"Keep it to yourself, if you have nothing to say be quiet. Isn't that what they tell you when you're little," Sanders said.

Sterling has been fined $2.5 million along with his ban.

The NBA is also encouraging the Clippers organization to force Sterling to sell the team, some potential buyers include Oprah Winfrey and Magic Johnson.