LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Clippers players staged a protest at a playoff game on Sunday against racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling, turning their warm-up jerseys inside-out to hide the team name before a loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The silent demonstration came as Sterling faced a firestorm of criticism over a 10-minute recording obtained by celebrity news website TMZ in which a man reported to be the NBA owner tells a woman not to post photographs of herself with black people online and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games.
The taped remarks rocked the National Basketball Association (NBA), where most of the players are black, and left its officials scrambling to address the scandal that has threatened to overshadow the playoffs.
The recording appears to be part of an argument between Sterling and a model who uses the name V. Stiviano about photographs posted to Instagram. “People call you and tell you that I have black people on my Instagram. And it bothers you,” the voice alleged to be Stiviano’s says, according to the recording at TMZ.com. She also says she herself is of Latino and black heritage.
“Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo … broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” the voice alleged to be Sterling’s says. Sterling is also allegedly heard telling the woman not to post photos of herself with Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “And don’t bring him to my games, OK?”….
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