Los Angeles Clippers Protest Owner's Racist Remarks (Video)
On Friday, an audio tape surfaced featuring Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making several racist comments to his girlfriend V. Stiviano during an argument on April 9.
According to TMZ, Sterling told Stiviano that he did not want her associating with black people or bringing them to any Clippers' games.
Sterling, who is still married, also told his half black-half Mexican girlfriend not to bring Magic Johnson to any Clippers' games or take any Instagram pictures with the NBA great.
Sterling has been condemned by Johnson, Michael Jordan, the NAACP, Lebron James and the NBA.
“I think he should step down," Johnson told CBS Los Angeles. "If you feel like that in a league that is predominately African Americans, you shouldn’t be owning a team.”
Before their playoff game today against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, the Clippers silently protested the racist remarks by wearing their warm-up shirts inside out (video below).
During the actual game, the Clippers wore black arm or wrist bands, and black socks.
"[We] talked as a team about everything," Clippers' player Chris Paul told ESPN. "Tried to keep internal, everything we decided to do has been together as a team."
"We're going to be one, everything we do, we do it together," added Paul. "Stay together, play ball, we worked hard to be where we are, can't imagine going through this with anyone leading us other than Doc."
Clippers coach Doc Rivers added, "I've not talked to Donald [Stirling] yet. Really no need right now, at least for me."
The Clippers team issued a statement on Saturday saying, "Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings."
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league was investigating the "disturbing and offensive" comments.
"I don't condone those statements and I don't believe in them," Sterling's wife Rochelle told ESPN. "I'm not a racist. Never have been, never will be. The team is the most important thing to my family."