News surfaced on Saturday morning regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his views of minorities. On TMZ.com, Sterling’s girlfriend, V. Stiviano, recorded an argument between her and Sterling. In the recording, Sterling was upset with how V. took a picture with Magic Johnson and how she broadcasted the picture through social media. Also in the recording, Sterling said, “Don’t bring black people to my games.”
The NBA is a league predominantly populated by African-Americans. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul are three of the top players in the game and they are all African-American. One of the first people to offer a reaction on Sterling’s comments was Magic Johnson. The former Laker said how he would never go to a Clippers game ever again. Johnson also tweeted how he feels bad for his Doc Rivers and Paul who are both his friends.
The timing of these comments couldn’t have been any worse. The Clippers are currently playing the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. In fact, the Clippers are up 2-1. Late Saturday night, players were so upset that they thought about boycotting Game 4 the next day. To show their sign of disapproval of their owner, the Clippers wore their warm-ups inside-out before leaving them on the court. Despite all of these comments, the Clippers made it clear that they are playing for the fans of Los Angeles, not for their owner.
At this day in age, it is truly sad how people still have these views. The interesting thing about this whole scandal is that the Clippers only have two Caucasian players on their roster. By leaving their warm-ups on the court, it is clear that the Clippers are not in favor of their owner. This will be the first major issue in Adam Silver‘s tenure as NBA commissioner. It will be interesting to see how Silver and the Clippers take care of this matter. It will also be interesting to see how the players respond to this in the next week or so.