LOS ANGELES - Secret recordings, at the heart of the racism scandal that has rocked the Los Angeles Clippers, are now reportedly impacting their NBA first-round playoff rivals, the Golden State Warriors.
ESPN reported Tuesday that Golden State Warriors assistant coach Darren Erman, fired on April 5 for a violation of company policy, had been secretly recording conversations between team coaches and players.
Citing unnamed sources, the US-based sports network said Erman recorded meetings between coaches, with coaches and players and informal conversations -- all without the knowledge of those talking and often with Erman out of the room.
Such secret recording is illegal in California.
Exactly what was done with the recordings was uncertain, including whether or not he shared the recordings with team owners or executives.
Erman's taping was discovered to spark the firing and he reportedly said he had been doing the taping for three weeks.
The Warriors had demoted assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to a developmental-level team in March, reportedly after he went more than a month without speaking to Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
It was the revelation of recordings of private conversations of racist remarks by a man believed to be Clippers owner Donald Sterling that launched a racism firestorm around his team, which is level at 2-2 with the Warriors in a best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series.
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