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Doc Rivers passed on talking to Sterling, isn’t sure how team will come out Tuesday night

Apr 28, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

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Doc Rivers really doesn’t know.

Doesn’t know how fans should react to this, although he hopes they support the players. He doesn’t know what the league will do or how his players will react to that action. He doesn’t know how they will play Tuesday night.

Listen to him and you believe him. And you can’t blame him — this is uncharted territory. Clearly the racist statements allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling (Rivers said he had no doubt Sterling made them) have effected his team as they search for a way to deal with it. Rivers gave his players the day off on Monday, but most of them were at the practice facility. Rivers again stepped in front of the media again and answered questions as best he could (he’s been great about that and trying to shield the players), but he really doesn’t know the answers. Here are Rivers’ comments, via tweets from ESPN’s Arash Markazi, Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears, and Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.

On Donald Sterling reaching out to talk to him:

On what the league will do:

On the Clippers players:

On the Clippers fans and their reaction:

  1. readysethike - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    I am totally in agreement with how the players may feel, but ultimately, the game is bigger then Donald Sterling and it always will be. I hope the Clippers players will think of what Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, and Jack Johnson went through and use that as inspiration to continue to play their best basketball.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      I don’t think the Clippers are gonna win a championship but, this is the best team they have ever had. I wouldn’t stop trying and let the owner’s ignorance get in the way of what the TEAM is trying to do. He isn’t worth it. Don’t cheat yourself !!!

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Let’s just agree for a second that his “players didn’t sign up for this”. but Doc not only signed up for this, but he strong armed the Celtics (with whom he was signed for 3 years at $7mil per) into “trading” him to this specific hand-picked team and owner.

    To say he didn’t know that Sterling was a racist is total BS. If I know about it from 3K miles away and dont care at all about the Clippers, then Doc knew. His failing to admit he knew and that he didn’t care until it was safe to care makes everything else Doc says completely disingenuous.

    • edbrowndesign - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      It’s one thing to be perceived as a racist due to suspicious behavior it’s another to be a confirmed bigot and to actually here the twisted views of said racist.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Perceived? The man had to pay the highest settlement in us history for racially profiling real estate deals. Everybody knows this. He’s been sued more than once by employees for racial discrimination. Once again, EVERYBODY knows this. These ACTIONS were far worse than the words he said to his girlfriend on that tape

  3. jdk123 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    While many won’t agree with what I’m about to say, I think everyone is coming down too hard on Donald Serling. Yes, his comments were out of line and borderline racists, but if you listen to the entire audio, what exactly did he say? He merely asked his girlfriend not too bring black people to the games. Very stupid thing to stay (especially for an NBA owner) but nothing that would be earth shattering 20-30 years ago. Which if you know Donald, that’s his problem. His mindset is from a time, long, long ago. He’s merely a confused, and ignorant man from a different time. His contributions in the community and business domain speak for themselves.

    • calkinsrob - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      you think his comments are BORDERLINE racist? cmon man. how could you think that. I hope he sells teh team for the sake of the players and fans. the organization, not just sterling, is losing a ton of money from endorsements leaving. I hope this doesnt break up the team and cancel any chances of the Clippers winning a title in the near future

    • mackcarrington - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      You must have selective hearing and reasoning.
      She asks him does it matter if people are blue, or yellow or brown, etc. and he answers with “Yeah, it matters!”

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      You’re spot on; we don’t agree. My friend his contributions were merely a way to enrich himself. There is nothing borderline in his statements. The only thing that I can say in his favour is that before we make a judgement we need to to absolutely sure he is is guilty. Your statements reveal a lot more about you than about Sterling!

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Sterling’s reputation as a racist jackhole is well-established. I find it hard to believe these guys didn’t know that when they signed to play for him.

  5. steelerfanforlife - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    If I knew Sterling was a racist then everyone that plays on that team knew it too!! Chris Paul forced a trade to the Clippers, Doc forced a trade, Blake signed an extension there, Deandre signed an extension and on and on and on! So I just don’t get the whole protest and Doc seeming so surprised. The mans a racist, you knew it, took his money and now this is where you draw the line?! Please!!!

  6. coltzfan166 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Is anyone else already getting tired of seeing stories about Donald Sterling?

  7. ddmcd1974 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    What a baby Rivers is. He is the face here and he declines to get out his thoughts to the man everyone is ready to pounce on. Players can’t practice or think because they were called hurtful names. Man I do not belong on this earth any longer. So corny and weak. I thought all these guys are so tough from being brought up in Compton or whatever rough and tough place they claim to be from.

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