Just as most were, the Los Angeles Clippers were visibly upset about racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling. So much so, that the team was considering boycotting their Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs.
After careful consideration, the team has decided against a boycott, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News.
The Clippers had a 45-minute team meeting where a possible boycott of the game was discussed after listening to taped comments allegedly made by Sterling in which he asks a woman not to bring black people to games or to publicly associate with them, including Magic Johnson.
“It upsets all of us,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, adding he was upset by the remarks and resulting distraction. “There’s no one guy that’s happy with the situation. Do you think I want to be talking about this instead of trying to stop Steph Curry? I don’t.”
Hats off to the Clippers for being bigger than this distraction, and for realizing the importance of not letting these reported comments become something that derails their quest for an NBA Championship.
“The players are not going to deal with this issue,” said Rivers, who indicated he would speak on behalf of his team. “This is a situation where we’re trying to go after something very important for us, something that we’ve all dreamed about all our childhoods. Donald or anyone else has nothing to do with that dream.”