Los Angeles Clippers Respond To Racist Owner With Silent Protest
We imagine that things are in absolute disarray within the Los Angeles Clippers’ organization, since a audio clip of team owner Donald Sterling making racist statements hit the web. Despite the controversy, the team hasn’t been very vocal on the matter, but instead unified in silent protest during Sunday’s (April 27) game against the Golden State Warriors.
According to NBA.com, Clippers point guard and team leader Chris Paul could be hear shouting, “It’s just us, only us. We’re all we got,” to teammates before they ran onto the floor. But what followed was their true statement. Clippers players huddled center court and threw their shooting shirts to the ground in unison. Doing so exposed their official team t-shirts, which they wore inside out to hide the Clippers logo.
Additionally, the players sported a range of black accessories, including wristbands, armbands, and socks during the game.
Fans, athletes, and even Magic Johnson expressed their thoughts on Sterling’s incendiary comments and some went as far as saying the Clippers shouldn’t have played. Coach Doc Rivers spoke on the matter with ESPN. “Why should we let someone’s comments stop us from what we’re trying to do?,” he asked. “We’re trying to do something here and we don’t want that getting in the way of what we’re trying to do.”
The task Rivers mentioned is, of course, winning an NBA title, which many agree that the Clippers have the talent to do. But how do you think the team should have acted? Give us your thoughts in the comments.