In a statement, Heat owner Micky Arison said Sterling’s alleged comments were “appalling, offensive and very sad.”
Spurs CEO Peter Holt adopted a more cautious tone, but noted Sterling’s extended history of racial missteps.
“I want to be very careful,” Holt told the San Antonio Express-News. “The league is doing its own investigation and I don’t want to jump the gun. I don’t know the context, but from what I’ve heard it sounds bad and it isn’t like this is the first go-around for him.”