Clippers Players Engage In Symbolic Protest Against Sterling
Clippers players during pregame warmups for yesterday's Game 4 against the Warriors in Oakland took part in a symbolic protest against Donald Sterling. The team "gathered at midcourt and peeled off their team-issued warmup jackets to reveal red shirts turned inside-out to hide the team logo" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/27). Players during the game "wore black arm or wrist bands and black socks." Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that he "wasn't on-board with the black socks protest." He added, "I knew about it. I didn't voice my opinion. I wasn't thrilled about it, to be honest" (ESPNLA.com, 4/27). Sterling was "nowhere to be seen" during the game. His wife, Rochelle, was "sitting courtside, across the Clippers' bench" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 4/28).
Rivers today is slated to address the media via conference call. Players will not be available as the team is not practicing today (Mult., 4/28).