Los Angeles Clippers players appear to have found a way to show they’re upset by racist comments attributed to team owner Donald Sterling, according to a CNN report.
While they were warming up on Sunday for an NBA playoff game, the players removed their warmup shirts bearing team logos to reveal red T-shirts worn inside out, with the logos hidden. They finished warming up, removed the red shirts and played the game wearing their regular uniforms.
Sterling wasn’t there to see the protest or his team lose 118-97 to the Golden State Warriors after agreeing to stay away from the game because of the controversy that heightened when the website Deadspin released an additional audio recording of a conversation that purports to be Sterling talking with girlfriend V. Stiviano earlier this month.
Neither Deadspin nor TMZ, which released a similar recording on Saturday, said where they got the recordings. Stiviano’s lawyer’s office said Sunday that she didn’t release the recordings but that they’re legitimate.
“This office understands that the currently released audio tape of approximately 15 minutes is a portion of approximately one (1) hour of overall audio recording of Mr. Donald T. Sterling and Ms. Stiviano, and is in fact legitimate,” Mac E. Nehoray said in a news release. “Ms. Stiviano did not release the tape(s) to any news media.”
The latest recording is five more minutes of a conversation. During the conversation, Sterling was purportedly talking with Stiviano about her Instagram photo feed, which had photographs images of her with African-Americans, including NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
If authentic, the remarks seem to reflect Sterling’s embarrassment and frustration with Stiviano over her associating with African-Americans at Clippers games and for posting such pictures on her Instagram account.