Left 4 Dead and Evolve developer Turtle Rock has dismissed one of its community managers after he tweeted some controversial statements regarding basketball team owner Donald Sterling.

Community manager Josh Olin tweeted his opinion about Sterling, who is being forced by the NBA to sell the Los Angeles Clippers after his ex-girlfriend recorded him making racist comments and then made the tapes public.

“Here’s an unpopular opinion: Donald Sterling has the right as an American to be an old bigot in the security of his own home. He’s a victim,” Olin tweeted overnight.

"When you were raised in an era where segregation was perceived as ‘right’, that will stick with some people. Doesn’t make him a monster,” he added.

When his tweets began to get attention, Olin continued: "The irony of my Donald Sterling tweet(s) was I was raising an issue with sensational media. Expressly not defending his remarks or actions," he tweeted.

"I'll remind you, my remarks were in condemnation of sensational media, and support of one's privacy. Not in support of Sterling's actions."

This morning, Turtle Rock apologised for Olin’s statements on its own Twitter account, and made it clear he had lost his job.

“The comments made by our former community manager stand in stark contrast to our values as a game development studio,” it wrote.

“We sincerely apologize for his remarks and in no way endorse or support those views.”

Olin has since defended his tweets, and sent the following statement to the games press:

"Anyone who follows me knows my tweets were not in support of Sterling's actions. Rather, they were promoting three core tenets I believe in: 1) The harm sensational media presents to society. 2) The importance and sanctity of your privacy within your own home. And 3) The right to be whatever you want to be as an American, as long as it isn't hurting anyone else. That last point not to be confused with condoning Sterling's actions, which I don't.

"That said, it's disappointing to see that a select few in Turtle Rock and 2K Games management bought into this hysteria without even having a conversation with me - or even thoroughly reviewing the context of the tweets themselves. Ironically, it serves as a great example of why I hold tenet #1 above so close to heart. That said, everyone should totally still buy Evolve. The guys and gals making that game know their ***, and are making it good."