The purported comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling urging his girlfriend to not bring black people to his team’s games drew protests on Sunday, ranging from his players wearing their jerseys inside out to Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan saying “I’m completely outraged.”
The Clippers went through their pregame routine with their red Clippers’ shirts on inside out to hide the team’s logo.
Players also wore black wristbands or armbands during the game, which they lost 118-97, and donned black socks with their normal jerseys.
Jordan released a statement Sunday addressing the matter, saying that as an owner, “I’m completely disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views.”
Magic Johnson had some of the strongest condemnation.
“He shouldn’t own a team anymore,” Johnson said.
Even President Barack Obama weighed in on the issue at a news conference in Malaysia.
“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” Obama said.
The recording of Sterling was first released by TMZ, and there still has been no official confirmation that Sterling is on the tape. Another tape was released Sunday by Deadspin.
NEW YORK (AP) - Steve Kerr said Sunday he spoke with Phil Jackson twice over the weekend and that they will continue discussing the possibility of him becoming coach of the New York Knicks.
Kerr said he had dinner with Jackson, his former coach with Chicago and the new Knicks team president, on Friday night and they talked again Saturday. Kerr is in New York to work the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors for TNT.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Michael Heisley, the billionaire businessman who bought the Vancouver Grizzlies and moved the NBA team to Memphis, died Saturday. He was 77.
The Grizzlies said Saturday night that a family member confirmed Heisley’s death. The Commercial Appeal reported that Heisley died in Illinois of complications from a massive stroke he suffered nearly 15 months ago.
Heisley sold the team to Robert Pera before the start of the 2012-13 season.