The Los Angeles Clippers took a stand Sunday over racially insensitive remarks purportedly made by the team's owner Donald Sterling.
In a sign of protest before the playoff game against the Golden State Warriors, the team practiced with their warmup shirts inside out. After warmups, the players took off their shooting shirts and dumped them at the center of the court.
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) April 27, 2014
Sterling reportedly made the comments, which were obtained by TMZ, during an argument he had with his girlfriend V. Stiviano about her Instagram feed on April 9.
Sports gossip website Deadspin released an additional recording Sunday of the conversation reportedly of Sterling and Stiviano where they discuss photos of NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp.
The woman in the recording mentions to the man that's she's mixed race and most of his team's players are African-American. The man is also heard on the recording saying "I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have -- Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game?"
Stiviano's lawyer's office said Sunday that she didn't release the recordings to TMZ or Deadspin, but that they're legitimate.
The NBA is investigating the authenticity of the recording. League commissioner Adam Silver said the comments were "offensive and disturbing" and said the investigation will move "extraordinarily quickly."
The NAACP has already acted quickly, saying it won't honor the Clippers owner for his achievements at a May 15 event.
— NAACP (@NAACP) April 27, 2014
President Obama also condemned the alleged comments linked to Sterling during his visit to Malaysia, calling them "incredibly offensive."
"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk," Obama said.
We asked what you thought about the comments reportedly made by Sterling on HLN's Facebook page and you responded overwhelmingly.
A number of you are suggesting to just boycott the team and not go to the games.
Bruce S.: Boycott the game.
Anthony M.: Screw what the NBA needs to do. The people who go to his games need to boycott them.
Dennis M.: The NBA doesn't need to do anything. He can say whatever he wants. If you want to make him pay, then you have to NOT go to the games and not watch the games. That's how you change people. Hit 'em in the wallet. Don't try to regulate him, two wrongs don't make a right.
Many think the NBA needs to come down hard on Sterling, with some of you even saying the Clippers shouldn't even suit up for the rest of the games.
Berneice T.: If your team is 80% black why would you make such a dumb and racist statement, if i were his team i would not play for the white guy.
Alan E.: He is an idiot. He is a loser. Kick him out of NBA.
Laura A.: Fine him millions of dollars and donate the funds to various charities.
Some are saying people have a constitutional right to say what they want.
Freda J.: What happened to freedom of speech????
Diana J.: Who cares! People discriminate against overweight people, dogs, cats, children, and people of all color, white included and old people.! It's his right as a American to feel any way he wants. Grow the **** up and move on.
Chris G.: FREEDOM OF SPEECH. ..Not Racist, & IT GOES BOTH WAYS....WTH...GET OVER IT...
Former and current NBA stars are voicing their opinions about Sterling and the Clippers.
That's the way it is...He is honest about what he believes in..Been going on for a long time, Hats off 2 the Team.. 4 playin above it all.
— Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis) April 26, 2014
Sterling basically articulated Plantation Politics...Make money off the Bucks/Lay with the Women/No Association in Public good or bad
— David West (@D_West30) April 26, 2014
I couldn't play for him
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 26, 2014
I know coaches & players play for each other & especially THE FANS, but it would be hard for me to play another game for Sterling. #NBA
— James Worthy (@James_Worthy42) April 26, 2014
Plenty of celebs have also weighed in on the controversy.
— Chad Lowe (@ichadlowe) April 26, 2014
— Vision Implementer (@Tyrese) April 27, 2014
I've spent probably 100k over the past 2 years supporting my friends on that team and to find out that the owner is a flat out RACIST...
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) April 26, 2014
Donald Sterling is an idiot. A. For being a racist a..hole. B. For dating a 22yr old. HE'S 82! and C. For being a stupid racist a..hole.
— Linden Ashby (@lindenashby) April 27, 2014
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