The Los Angeles Clippers sent a powerful message Sunday during warm-ups for their playoff game seemingly in response to audio that leaked online this weekend of chairman Donald Sterling allegedly making racist comments in a conversation with his girlfriend. The players left their team-issued shooting shirts in a pile in center court and turned their gear inside-out to obscure the team’s logo.
“There is no negativity. I love everybody,” a man TMZ identified as Sterling says on the recorded audio, after confronting his girlfriend over posting pictures of herself with African-American sports figures on her Instagram account. “I’m just saying in your lousy f***** Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people… You can sleep with them. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want,” the man added. “The little I ask you is not to promote it on that, and not to bring them to my games.”
The NBA promised a quick and thorough investigation into the audio, which NBC News has not confirmed, and which Sterling has not denied.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that Sterling will not be attending Sunday night’s game against the Gloden State Warriors.