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Report: Clippers players considering making ‘stronger statement’ on Donald Sterling in Game 5

Apr 28, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

Jamal Crawford Jamal Crawford

In Game 4 of their series against the Warriors yesterday, the Clippers players dumped their warm-up jackets at midcourt, turned their warm-up shirt inside-out and wore black socks and armbands in an apparent protest of Donald Sterling.

Game 5 is  tomorrow, and more protests could be coming.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Clippers players are contemplating making a bigger statement during Game 5 of the series against the Warriors on Tuesday in Los Angeles, a source told Yahoo Sports. The source said the players needed more time to decide what they wanted to do and would prefer a stronger statement on their home floor at Staples Center.

A lot of people called for the Clippers to wear not just logo-less warm-up shirts, but logo-less jerseys during the game. I questioned the feasibility of doing that on the road and on such short notice. But with time to prepare, maybe that’s in store tomorrow.

It sounds as if Doc Rivers wouldn’t love that, given his comments yesterday.

I believe Rivers’ players respect his viewpoint, but these aren’t ordinary times.

Rivers has already expressed his concern the players were distracted by all this, and if they’re plotting a Game 5 protest, those concerns won’t end. But some things are worth being distracted by.

  1. El Pollo Loco - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    This will cost them the series.Well played Donald Sterling

    • knickshater - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Looks that way. Just when the Clippers are in good shape, too. Shame.

    • azarkhan - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      You mean well played Miss Stiviano. Obviously she is not a Clippers fan.

      • spursareold - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Don’t shoot the messenger. She just showed the country (Most of LA already knows) what a floating turd Sternling is.

      • azarkhan - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        She could have waited until after the playoffs.

      • ranfan12 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        He should’ve told her to her face instead of over the phone.

      • au1978 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Poor Clippers fan, all of your hopes and dreams seem to be crashing down right before your eyes…now, just think of how you’d feel if you were a player! Smh.

    • adoombray - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      They were not even close to competetive yesterday, sat around looking pissed off the entire time, and got run out of the building. The Warriors players were looking at them like “wow you’re not even trying?”

  2. chicagosports2014 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Represent for the African American Nation fellows stand up for what you believe in.

  3. dezglobal - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    A real statement can also come from the fans.. Imagine no one shows up to a home game in the NBA Playoffs. It’d literally look like a practice game lol That would be huge!

    • heat256 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      But that does penalize the players and other members of the organization too. As abhorrent a man as Sterling is, you do the players, staff, and community a disservice to turn your backs on those people just to spite Sterling, who really doesn’t care. He’s got more money than he cares for. He will probably fight any legal attempts to discipline him further than the rules allow, which will make things worse. I don’t know of a real way to “boycott” other than to have a bunch on interracial couples stage a “love-in” at the game or in front of Sterling’s home.

    • madashell2014 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      Clipper fans should show up cheer their team on. They’re playing for theirselves and their fans, not Donald Sterling. Let the NBA take care of him. Its out of the Clippers hands. If it’s such a travisty(and it is) the owners of all the teams can vote to get him out. If Marc Jackson and the Warriors want to make a statement, let them sit down….and yes the Clippers were greatly affected in game 4. They were de-railed, well played V! Advantage… Warriors!

  4. smcgaels1997 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Yes those inside out shirts was do powerful. How about just not play and NOT get paid

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Yes, let’s protest by punishing ourselves for doing nothing wrong.

      • dacapt704 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Thats why its called taking a stand for something greater than yourself…also, they have guaranteed contracts so they will get paid

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Those guaranteed contracts are legal agreements that the players will play the games, and the owners will compensate them for that. If the players break the agreement and refuse to play, the owners can withhold payment, and that would stand in court.

      • granadafan - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        dcapt704, you may not know it, but there are many reports of Sterling refusing to pay out contracts. When the guys sue, Sterling keeps them in court for years so the lawyer fees exceed what is owed. That’s his mojo. He’s just as litigous as Al Davis was.

    • madashell2014 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      Obviously a Laker fan.

  5. miamiheatles - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I cannot believe that the Clips are as close as they have ever been to an NBA Title and this happens. Playoffs have been beautiful so far and now this black cloud is hovering over it. I hope this issue is settled rather quickly, and if this tape was not altered or messed with, he deserves the boot from his own franchise.

    • knickshater - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      It really is a shame. Like you said, the playoffs this year have been absolutely enthralling and this dinosaur has to taint them by spewing his poison.

  6. routerunner - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Sterling was already arguably the worst owner in sports for decades. Now when the Clippers have finally, for the first time ever, been a legit threat Sterling finds a new way to cut down the team. Pretty remarkable.

    • sumkat - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      You have to give the guy some credit. He was getting to the point where his name wasn’t automatically named at the top of any “worst owners” list. So what’s he do? BANG! #1 with a bullet

  7. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Want to make a statement? Don’t play the game.
    Granted, that would be very costly to the players, coaches, and fans; but how much does this issue mean?
    People have gone to jail/prison, lost their jobs, lost their homes, even lost their lives to create an American society where racial equality is at least a goal/value, even though we haven’t gotten there yet.
    There is an opportunity here, and this thing and how people respond is about much more than basketball.

    • adoombray - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      That’s a terrible idea. The bigger statement would be to not let it affect them at all and to take it out on the Warriors. they are paid professionals and everyone know who Donald Sterling was and what he was about for many years now. Chris Paul and Doc and everyone else HAD to know it because it was an open secret.

      CP3 was supposed to be making a title run this year, and instead we have to deal with this. Shame on Sterling but also it’s a shame for the fans and the players too, who worked too hard to get to the playoffs only to see it derailed by this.

      • dacapt704 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Somethings should be bigger and more important than winning a title…The GOAT (Mr. Ali) gave up fights (and $$) when he chose to go to jail instead of fighting in a war he didn’t believe in…although I don’t suspect guys today have that same type of resolve

      • paleihe - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        War also includes the very real possibility of dying. That’s not too likely of happening during a basketball game. Slight difference.

  8. coltzfan166 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    This franchise isn’t dysfunctional at all.

  9. packhawk04 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    If they really want to make a statement, they can. But they wont.

  10. alexb1234 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    bet the warriors heavy, it’s unfortunate but the clippers are finished

  11. bigmeechy74 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Everyone chime in with your “faux outrage” and try to outdo each other… Ready…Set…GO!

  12. realfootballfan - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    This is why they are probably done in this series after they looked so dominant in game 3. This is consuming more of their time than figuring out how to win games to advance in this series. If Golden State wins the series, the happiest man will probably be Mark Jackson because he was apparently about to get fired if they had lost this series. It will be harder to can him if he gets to the 2nd round of the playoffs or even further, even though the Warriors could call up Memphis for pointers on how to fire a playoff coach that takes your team to the conference Finals.

  13. chiadam - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    They should just play in their suits.

  14. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Dubs! Dubs! Dubs!

  15. sumkat - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Worry about it after the season, or games 5 and 6 are going to look an awful lot like game 4

  16. onbucky96 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    A good statement would be showing up to play in the 1st quater. Spend more time warming up instead of the mid court warm up dump for the cameras. That said, I hope the Clippers beat the Warriors, its been a good series thus far.

  17. urodaddy07 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Doc will have them ready. This is a big big issue, but there will b time to address it in short order. Let the league do their job. They need to focus on the job at hand. They need to play for themselves and their fans.

  18. fearthehoody - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Mind on making statement and not the game, Clipps are done! 4-2 Warriors take series

  19. breesus09 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    A strong statement would of been not playing for a know racist in the first place. I don’t buy their outrage bc this is who Donald Sterling is. Did they all think he stopped being a racist overnight. Although he didn’t use the n word, so there are some baby steps being made. I’ve heard how can cp3 explain to his son about playing for Sterling after this. He should probably just tell him whatever it was he told him when he signed with the clippers. Do has been a crazy ass sexist/racist dude for years but no one really cared till he talked trash about magic

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