Clippers stage silent protest to owner

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Clippers are choosing not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling and his purported recorded comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team's games.
 
Instead, the team let their uniforms become a show of solidarity.
 
They ran out of the tunnel for Game 4 of their first-round playoff at Golden State on Sunday wearing warmups. Then went through their pregame routine with their red Clippers' shirts inside out to hide the team's logo.
 
Meanwhile, the players union, still without an executive director since firing Billy Hunter in February 2013, has asked former NBA All-Star and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to take a leading role on the players' behalf to address the Sterling matter.
 
Johnson says there will be no league-wide protest by players or any kind of boycott because there's enough attention on the issue already and that players "trust" that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver "will do the right thing."
 
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Magic Johnson called upon the NBA to "come down hard" on Donald Sterling, even saying that the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers should essentially be ousted from the league.
 
"He shouldn't own a team anymore," Johnson said Sunday.
 
Johnson's comments were among the strongest condemnations yet of Sterling, who allegedly made racially charged comments in an audio recording obtained and released by TMZ. Included in the recording: A male, purported to be Sterling, urging a woman to not bring black people to his team's games and upset that she posted photos of herself posing with black friends on her Instagram account.
 
One of those now-deleted photos is believed to have been of the woman posing with Johnson. On Sunday, Johnson said Sterling was one of the first people he met after moving to Los Angeles, where he was a Lakers star for many years. 
 
"I had a friendship with him. So for him to then make these comments, or alleged comments, about myself as well as other African-Americans and minorities, there's no place in our society for it," Johnson said. "There's no place in our league, because we all get along. We all play with different races of people when you're in sports. That's what makes sports so beautiful."
 
Johnson spoke on ABC's playoff pregame show Sunday.
 
Both the Clippers and the NBA are investigating the audio tape and the comments on it, and Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night that he's hoping for a swift resolution.
 
"He's got to come down hard," said Johnson, adding that Sterling should also come forward and say he no longer wants to own a team. "This is bad for everybody. This is bad for America."
 
Johnson said he would not attend Clippers games as long as Sterling owns the team. He also said the Clippers should be focused on their playoff series with Golden State and not the latest scandal involving their long-controversial owner.

 

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