At Yale, John Kerry knocks Donald Sterling
May 18th, 2014
03:48 PM ET
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At Yale, John Kerry knocks Donald Sterling

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in address to graduates at Yale University on Sunday.

"You are graduating today as the most diverse class in Yale's long history," he said. "Or as they call it in the NBA, Donald Sterling's worst nightmare."

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Kerry made his remarks as the featured speaker at Yale's Class Day exercises during commencement weekend.

His joke comes after Sterling repeatedly denied he is a racist in an exclusive interview with CNN's "AC 360" last week, despite remarks made in a private conversation with his friend V. Stiviano that were released online.

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  1. srcactus

    What was that saying? There is a place for everything etc. etc.

    May 18, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. the_dude

    Good one John!

    Here is another good zinger....

    Name one accomplishment of yours in your time as a senator or secretary of state.

    May 18, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. lamestreamdoc

    Leave it to CNN to waste time reporting useless information on a useless individual such as Secretary Kerry. Sterling, for all his insanity and stupidity, at least had the sense to actually make something of himself and run businesses which put people to work. Kerry is a fool who married into wealth and power and has nothing to show for it. And his remarks about Israel "becoming" an apartheid state are just as racist and hateful as anything spewing out of Sterling's mouth.

    May 18, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Trilobiteme

    wait till taping other people conversations are used in hostile takeovers on walk street

    May 18, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. tm1946

    Guess there were no protest for Kerry speaking. Wish he spent a little more time being Sec. of State than wandering around picking the low fruit.

    May 18, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. blakenaustin

    bet Kerry didn't bring up the fact that Sterling is a Democrat. Hmmm.

    May 18, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. @RI_Roger

    Those that keep talking about the 3 stooges (Sterling, Sams and Bundy) sound as disgusting as them.... including the media outlets that won't let it go.

    May 18, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Steve

    Maybe Kerry didn't mean it as a 'joke' – he's probably a 'closet racist' also!!

    May 18, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. John

    Anyone who thinks a joke is "waging war" against free speech is an idi0t.

    May 18, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Bill Davis

    Kerry gas had a few swift boat moments also

    May 18, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. J. Alexander

    ......As we sit back and look at our perfect lives and look down on others in judgement, as I wade through these muddy waters of judgement, do any of us have mirrors so we can look at our perfect selves, that when we flush the toilet it doesn't stink.

    May 18, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. bbb

    John Kerry, wasn't he the liberal that apologized to Bin Laden for the World Trade Towers being in their way

    May 18, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. surewhynot

    Why is he weighing in on a private matter like this? Surely he has more important things to be working on.

    May 18, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Bob MacKay

    Good for Kerry. By the way, where is the Anti-Defamation League on this? Why have they not condemned Sterling's racist words? Or does the Anti-Defamation League only care about racist comments made towards Jews? That seems almost prejudiced in and of itself.

    May 18, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Inciteful

    That's a joke??!! Kerry better hope that he can keep his day job!

    May 18, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Mike

    Way to go Kerry. It takes a strong leader to go after someone like sterling.

    May 18, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Steve

    He should have slammed the liberals at Rutgers for not wanting Condolleeza Rice to speak.

    May 18, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Steve

    He should have slammed the liberals at Rutgers for not wanting Condolleeza Rice to speak.

    A little diversity in thought from the left would certainly be refreshing to this country.

    May 18, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. longtooth

    Kerry is just a harmless nerd who wanted to be JFK. Those who wish to bash him can't vent their spleens on FOX because no one can comment on Koch News that isn't a paid shill. You guys should be grateful for CNN.

    May 18, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. P. Herz

    Nice viral attempt at relevance K master

    May 18, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Hick

    @Anonymous, no...that is not "ironic." Learn what words mean and how they are applied before using them. That's an important part of the free speech you so love.

    May 18, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. brown

    Would someone please muzzle this fool.

    May 18, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Vijay

    I love John Kerry... He nailed it.

    May 18, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Tennessee3501

    Secretary Kerry tells the funniest jokes! (NOT) How come he is not David Letterman's replacement at CBS?

    May 18, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. 2_indy1600

    I've posted that the teams ought to own themselves, and was called a racist and a moron. Exactly who do the democrats think they're helping here? "da plane, da plane"!!

    "Only the educated are free."
    Epictetus, 2nd c, b.c. Discources

    May 18, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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