Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on January 10, 2014.
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Sterling truthers emerge: Was it a set-up?

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A handful of conservatives are spinning a theory about the racist rant that got Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned from the National Basketball Association: he was set up!

“Whoever set this up is really good. They covered every base. They’ve got the media wrapped around their little finger,” radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday according to a report by Talking Points Memo.

“This is a fascinating theory. And, Neil, I’m glad that you held on through the break so I could dig deep, explore further,” he said, crediting the caller for the theory. “You know, you got it.”

The caller, identified as Neil, believes that someone wanted to buy his team and said he hopes people rally around Sterling.

Conservative blog Daily Caller reporter Patrick Howley questioned Magic Johnson’s involvement in the scandal

None of the theories question whether or not Sterling actually believed and delivered the racist rant, only who was involved in leaking said rant to the public.

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Sterling truthers emerge: Was it a set-up?

Updated