Dave Chappelle Defends Former-Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Comedy all-star Dave Chappelle lent his two cents to the Donald Sterling controversy.

The “Chappelle’s Show” star — who only recently returned to the public eye — told GQ that while he doesn’t approve of Sterling’s comments, he still thinks the former-Clippers owner got a pretty raw deal:

“Ultimately, I don’t think he should have lost his team. I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful. When you think about the intimacy of a situation, like, can a man just chill with his mistress in peace? I just don’t like when things like that happen, because if they take shit away for things that people say that are objectionable, I may not have anything in a few years.”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave Sterling a lifetime-NBA ban back in April, and TMZ reported that Silver “did everything in his power to force a sale of the team in the wake of Sterling’s racist comments.” (RELATED: NBA SUSPENDS STERLING FOR LIFE)

While most of America supported Sterling’s NBA-execution, a select few have defended the former owner. Chappelle’s comments mirror those said by Bill Maher back in May; both state distaste for what was actually said but defended Sterling’s inalienable right to free speech.

The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein also reported that the world’s richest athlete, Floyd “Money” Mayweather refused to criticize Sterling. (RELATED: FLOYD MAYWEATHER IS STUPID RICH)

Despite putting in a bid to buy the Clippers when they were put up for sale by Shelly Sterling, Mayweather claims the former owner, “always treated [him] with the utmost respect.” (RELATED: FLOYD MAYWEATHER REFUSES TO CRITICIZE DONALD STERLING)