Clippers players stage protest after owner's alleged racist comments
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 01:23
April 28 - Players for the Los Angeles Clippers wore their warm-up jerseys inside-out in protest after the team's owner was accused of making racist comments in a leaked audio recording. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Los Angeles Clippers players staged a silent protest against team owner Donald Sterling during a playoff game on Sunday.
They wore their warm-up jerseys inside-out to hide the team name after Sterling allegedly made racist comments.
The controversy began with an audio recording released over the weekend in which Sterling reportedly tells his girlfriend not
to post photos of herself with black people online and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers game.
It was released by celebrity news site TMZ.
The controversy was on the minds of many basketball fans as they entered the stadium.
SOUNDBITE (English) WARRIORS FAN, TERRIE GUEVARRA, SAYING
"We had a discussion about it, we talked about it, we live in a very diverse community, and there's no place for something like that."
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said it's been tough on his team.
SOUNDBITE (English) CLIPPERS COACH DOC RIVERS SAYING:
"From a coaching standpoint, you're concerned. They've been pulled in a lot of different directions in the last 24 hours, and you know, so.. that's a fact."
Sterling did not attend Sunday's game against the Warriors and has not commented publicly on the incident.
The NBA said it is investigating the recording, which it called "truly offensive" and "disturbing".
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