Justin Timberlake Disses Donald Sterling During Concert From Clippers Homecourt
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Justin Timberlake performs onstage during The 20/20 Experience World Tour at Staples Center on August 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for JT)
Justin Timberlake managed to slip in a quick jab about former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday during the pop star's final U.S. date for The 20/20 Experience World Tour.
The "Suit and Tie" singer could not pass up an opportunity to celebrate Sterling's ousting with Los Angeles fans. On the day Sterling's forced sale of the Los Angeles Clippers closed, Timberlake gloated at the Staples Center, which is the joint home of the Clippers and the Lakers.
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"No more Donald Sterling in this motherf---er!" Timberlake announced to thunderous applause, just before a cover of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel."
Timberlake's two-and-a-half-hour concert drew a bevy of celebrity fans. Among the famous attendees were Glee's Lea Michele and model-actor beau Matthew Paetz; Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and new guy Joe Manganiello (of True Blood); Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita; newlyweds Naya Rivera (of Glee) and Ryan Dorsey; Fresh Prince alum Alfonso Ribeiro; and 90210's Shenae Grimes and her model-musician spouse, Josh Beech.
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Tuesday was not the first time Timberlake dissed Sterling publicly. Timberlake also took a shot at Sterling at the Billboard Music Awards in May. When accepting his Top Artist award via a pretaped message, Timberlake said, "I want to thank everyone on earth, except Donald Sterling."
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchased the Clippers for $2 billion. In April, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the revoking of Sterling's NBA membership after a leaked recording exposed the businessman making racist remarks about African Americans.