SPORTS ISH: PRESIDENT OBAMA, LIL WAYNE & CLIPPERS REACT TO DONALD STERLING


LA Clippers players have let Coach Doc Rivers do the talking for them since audio surfaced of Clippers owner, Donald Sterling making racially insensitive comments.

However when they took the court for warmups before Game 4 of their playoff series against Golden State, they made a collective statement without a saying a word.

They walked to center court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, removed their shooting shirts, put them in a pile and warmed up for the nationally televised game in inside-out playoff gear with the logo barely visible.


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“Our message — it sounds simple — it’s stay together, play ball,” Paul told ABC before the game. “We worked really hard to be where we are. I couldn’t imagine going through anything like this with anybody leading us other than Doc. He’s been amazing and for us, we’ve have to focus on what we’re trying to do.”

Players also wore black armbands. 
“I knew about it,” Rivers said of the players’ plan. “Didn’t voice my opinion. Wasn’t thrilled about it, to be honest. But if that’s what they want to do, that’s what they want to do.”
epa04183114 Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick (L-to-R), Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul , Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes , Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (R) huddle up before a play against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their Conference Quarterfinal game four at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 27 April 2014. The winner of the best-of-seven series will go on to face either the Dallas Mavericks or the San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Semifinals.  EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO CORBIS OUT
Clippers players went with a black armband, too. (John G. Mabanglo / EPA)
As for Sterling, he is not at the game and it is not yet known whether he will be in his customary courtside seat when the Game 5 goes to Staples Center on Tuesday night. As it was, the pregame vibe was weird enough without him.


Lil Wayne had a message for Donald Sterling. The Young Money rapper has recorded a video voicing his opinion after the Los Angeles Clippers owner allegedly made racist remarks against African-Americans.

“This is dedicated to motherfuckin’ Donald Sterling,” said Wayne. “Fuck you! If I was a Clippers fan, I wouldn’t be one any more. It’s that simple.”

He also had some advice for the players. 
“You wouldn’t see me on the court anymore. An apology wouldn’t do for me, it wouldn’t work for me. … If I was a current Clipper, I wouldn’t be any more.”

He ended the video by shouting out his favorite NBA team, the L.A. Lakers. 

“Purple and yellow, ni**a.”

Other rappers including Snoop Dogg have also put Sterling on blast. 
“Fuck you, your mama, and everything connected to you, you racist piece of shit,” said Snoop in an Instagram video.

Meek Mill also weighed in on Twitter. 
“Donald sterling time is almost up,” said the MMG MC. “All them racist dudes are always old as shit …10 years from now they all gone b extinct.”

Even President Obama offered his thoughts. 
“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here,” he told reporters at a press conference.

The NBA has launched an investigation following the racist rant. The Clippers players took the court on Sunday wearing their shirts inside out as a sign of protest.


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