Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been dragged into the controversy over racist comments allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, according to an audio recording released Sunday by Deadspin.
In an extended version of the original audio clip obtained by TMZ Sports, a woman says she didn't remove a photo she took with Kemp from her Instagram account even after being asked to remove all African-Americans from her profile by the man in the conversation, identified by Deadspin as Sterling. NBC News has not been able to authenticate the audio tapes.
When the man asks her why, the woman replied, "I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me."
"He's lighter and whiter than me," the woman goes on to say.
TMZ Sports posted a photo on its website Sunday of Kemp with the woman, identified by TMZ as Sterling's girlfriend, V. Stiviano. There is also a photo of the woman with Magic Johnson.
In a report by ESPN, Kemp acknowledged taking a picture with Stiviano.
"I was shocked," Kemp said. "I haven't been to a basketball game since maybe last year, and I did take my mom. I met that young lady, I've known her through mutual people. We all sat in the same [area]."
Kemp said he could never play for a team owner like Sterling, according to ESPN.
"There is just no room for racism in any of our games," Kemp said.
During the Dodgers game against the Rockies on Sunday, Kemp changed his at-bat music to Michael Jackson's "Black or White."
The Dodgers lost the game, 6-1.
Nehoray Legal Group, who represents Stiviano, said in a news release Sunday that the audio tapes are legitimate and are part of a longer recording about one hour in length.
Clippers president Andy Roeser released a statement Saturday, which said in part: "Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life. He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them."
In a news conference Saturday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said an investigation has been launched into the audio tapes.
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