NBA: Los Angeles Clippers stars protest against owner Donald Sterling
Last Updated: 27/04/14 11:32pm
Clippers owner Donald Sterling
The Los Angeles Clippers players have protested against owner Donald Sterling's alleged comments in which he urges a woman to not bring black people to his team's games.
The Clippers ran out of the tunnel for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series at Golden State on Sunday wearing their warm-up uniforms.
They huddled together and tossed their uniforms the ground and went through their pre-game routine with their red Clippers' shirts on inside-out to hide the team's logo.
Players also wore black wristbands or armbands. They all wore black socks with their normal jerseys. Sterling did not attend Sunday's game, which the Clippers lost 118-97.
The players again chose to remain silent and not speak out on Sterling's alleged comments before the game.
Coach Doc Rivers said he would be the only one to speak for the team on the issue.
"Our message is to play," Rivers said. "Our message is that we're going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do. And I think that's a good message. I really do. I think that's the message we're trying to send. And if we can pull this off all the way, I think that would be a terrific message."
In the recording attributed to Sterling, posted on the website TMZ, he questions his girlfriend's association with ethnic minorities.
The man asks the woman not to broadcast her association with black people or bring black people to games, specifically Los Angeles Lakers' legendary Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.
The comments have stunned America, with President Barack Obama commenting on Sunday.
Obama said: "We constantly have to be on guard on racial attitudes that divide us rather than embracing our diversity as a strength.
"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk."
NBA superstars have also been having their say.
Miami Heat star LeBron James said "there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league."
And Lakers star Kobe Bryant wrote on his Twitter page that he couldn't play for Sterling.