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Heat players replicate Clippers protest of Donald Sterling before Game 4 against Bobcats (VIDEO)

Apr 28, 2014, 7:52 PM EDT

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In case you haven’t been paying attention and didn’t yet realize just how far-reaching the remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling have become, the defending champion Miami Heat reminded us before their Game 4 matchup against the Bobcats in Charlotte.

Just as the Clippers did on Sunday, Miami’s players shed their warmup jackets at midcourt, and went through warmups with their shirts turned inside out, devoid of any NBA logo whatsoever.

It was a nice show of solidarity from the Heat, but it was also a reminder that this story goes beyond a single franchise, and is far bigger than the game of basketball.

The NBA is set to address the situation formally in a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

  1. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Why does this feel more about Lebron then anything else? Go ahead spew the hate…….

    • blueintown - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      I think you just did.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        If you think that is hate you must believe everyone gets a first place ribbon

      • blueintown - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        THEY DON’T??!

  2. haaaaasoooooo - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Haters gotta hate. Lots people only see Lebron through their hate goggles. Was Lebron the only one that turned his jersey inside out?

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      No but if you look closely he is the one counting down. Which why the comments are directed at him. Common sense not so common…

  3. zickhead - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    The whole idea was to not show the clippers logo. For the heat to turn their jersey inside out kind of doesn’t make sense. They should have thought of something original.

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Leave it to LeBron to follow. All he did was disrespect the Heat logo. Nobody ever said he was a bright guy.

      • leahcima1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        You’re comparing Lebron with you and that’s not fair. Very few people are as bright as you canton a**hole0. Your GED education puts you right up there with Mortimer Snerd, Porky Pig and Latrell Sprewell.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Leave it to the uneducated to mock any type of degree. FYI, I have a masters from NYU. I respect anyone that graduated high school or college. One of the many reasons I have zero respect for you.

    • gostlcards5 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Actually, it could make sense from 2 standpoints:

      1) Reenactment = show of support for the LAC players.
      2) Statement to the entire NBA/all owners for letting Sterling be the NBA’s black eye for as long as they have.

      And, as much as I dislike the Heat, I like this.

  4. miamiheatles - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Way 2 represent Heatles. Sick of racism, bigotry, and prejudice. African – Americans didn’t ask to come here, so when we make a way for ourselves don’t be upset.

    • andreboy1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Stop it with that crap. Probably 99% of us would rather be in the USA as opposed to living in Africa. Stop living in the past, brother.

      • blueintown - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        So they should be thanking us?

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong: but wasn’t the point to be UNIFIED against a racist and his bigotry? Standing as African-Americans together? No need to be original.

  6. azarkhan - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Hopefully the Heat will also replicate the Clippers loss. Right now it’s a close game.

    • miamatt - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      How’d that work out?

  7. djshnooks - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    The first and third comments explain all…

    #1. This was about the Clippers, not the Heat. The Clips tried to avoid trying anything attributed to Donald Sterling.

    #2. Lebron is trying to bring the focus and limelight back onto himself…while he has an excellent platform to do something, I think he is going about it all the wrong way.

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      The issue is bigger than any one team; it also transcends basketball. The Clippers are at the center of this but this issue is bigger than the Clippers. We don’t know what LBJ’s or the Heats motives were but the gesture is understood, Its about solidarity.

  8. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    I will say this though- The heat could make a pretty sweet syncronized swimming team. They timed that ish perfect

  9. drunkenjunk - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    This is so stupid. What good does hiding the heat logo do? Nobody is boycotting Micky Arisen.

  10. chip56 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Mostly this just confirms that lebron has never had an original thought

    • money2long - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      People say that’s why he won’t participate in the dunk contest.

  11. chiadam - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Stupid Heat. They don’t look unified by turning Heat gear inside out. They look like morons.

  12. haaaaasoooooo - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    In other news, I just realized Patrick Ewing is Biz Markie’s lost twin. “Oh baby you! you got what I neeeeeed! But you say he’s just a friend, but you say he’s just a friend.”

  13. coffeeblack95616 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Could these writers be more amateurish? This is NOT bigger than basketball. It’s simply one cranky old racist who had enough money to buy a basketball franchise, which ironically is in a league in which a huge majority of the players are of the race he dislikes. Irony police anyone? But please, don’t attempt to make this stupid story into something more than it is. Have some dignity media (although the media can’t help itself whenever it finds a story involving race).

    • blueintown - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      I humbly submit that overt racism is, indeed, bigger than basketball.

    • gostlcards5 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      WADR, you are wrong. The owners and others knew of Sterling’s beliefs and business practices before any of this happened. There were lawsuits, etc., long before this.

  14. Jeff - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Yeah, that move was about James.

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