Clippers Protest Racist Talk
April 28th, 2014
05:25 AM ET

Clippers Protest Racist Talk

The players in the National Basketball Association spoke out Sunday about racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

The Clippers players staged a silent protest. As they warmed up for an NBA playoff game, the players removed their shirts bearing team logos to reveal red T-shirts worn inside out, with the logos hidden. They finished warming up, removed the red shirts and played the game wearing their regular uniforms.

The National Basketball Players Association demanded Sterling be barred from all playoff games this season. The players also want an accounting of past accusations of racism against Sterling; an explanation of what kind of discipline might be issued; assurance that the league commissioner will work with the association; and assurance the investigation will be conducted swiftly.

What do you think about Donald Sterling's remarks?

We'll speak with sports analysts and former NBA players to discuss this story and what it means for the league at 6am ET on "New Day."

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  1. o guy

    I'm a black guy and this over-dramatized sensational stuff sickens me. Everybody wants to jump on sterling and why? Because he doesn't want his gf around blacks? Isn’t that rather personal? Granted, she took it public but, why does media have to turn this very private matter into a tragedy? Lemme even take it further and guess that he hates all blacks. So what? Where's the sin? Goodness ppl, we have blacks that don't like other blacks because of their shade. The guy clearly hires blacks, so what's the big deal? WHO HAS HIS VIEWS HURT??!! I can tell u that many of us don’t even like ourselves. We’re killing ourselves in droves. U heard ole Jesse refer to Obama as a nigger during the 1st election. That got little very play now didn’t it but had it been a white guy then OMG!
    I feel we have a situation here in this country with very misdirected priorities and the media is leading the pack in perpetuating this issue.
    We have blacks killing blacks like never before in history and many are young ppl and it's seemingly happening in a very disproportionate manner, percentage-wise when compared to other races. We will likely have more blacks murdered in Durham, NC than in the entire country of Japan. More blacks murdered in the state of Illinois than all of Europe! Still, we would rather spend energy attempting to determine how to punish this one white man who prefers that his gf not associate with blacks.
    So the naacp and the pres chime in to hang the guy high yet not one person was murdered or even assaulted. Very sad, ppl.
    Have we come to the point here in America the so-called greatest country on the planet where murders of our children take a back seat to some celeb's private remarks? HOW SICK. Look at how very perverse u media ppl have become. Now CNN will get every dark-skinned person they can find to assail this guy while another weekend in chi-town passes with several shot.
    My race is in deep denial. We can't wait to have a white fired or arrested for some statement regarding us but when it comes to our own behavior, y'all keep giving us a pass dontcha? Media, u need to take some responsibility here for helping to promote black denial. U’ve become part of the problem.
    There's a very simple litmus test here, if no one is hurt why the outrage? and of course the converse, if ppl are hurt, we need much more outrage. Whites of America, u've let my ppl pull a huge guilt trip over on u, while my folks drop out of school, sell drugs, commit crimes like no other race in this country. Now have your black talking heads tackle those metrics and when one blames it on the economy, please remind the person that whites live in poverty as well but don't share that same violent behavior. It’s not poverty – it’s values.
    . . . it's way past time we have that conversation.

    April 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  2. Dogooda

    The man is perfectly entitled to any sort racist, bigoted views he may have. Of course, he may find it difficult to get black people, or anyone of conscience, to work with him. That's the price. But he can certainly think whatever he likes.

    April 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  3. Girlie Carr

    Personally what Sterling said is reprehensible and racist, but the players should still show pride for their team and their fans. I bet those same players that refused to wear the team logo during warm ups will not mind cashing checks with that team logo attached.

    April 28, 2014 at 6:23 am | Reply
  4. Hiruu

    Hmmm...I'm not really hopeful for results. This dude has a history, and I don't see him changing. WTF kinda guy is dating a black chick (Yes...she's black...I don't make the rules) and tells her to keep black people from the games, and to hide that she's black. Of course...this is all alleged...amazing that this sack of @#$#@$ hasn't issued a press statement yet.

    April 28, 2014 at 6:09 am | Reply

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