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Clippers players stage silent protest while President Barack Obama, Michael Jordan, LeBron James blast Clippers owner Donald Sterling

04.27.14 at 5:44 pm ET
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After Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly told a woman that he didn’t want her to bring African-Americans to games, players of the NBA team staged a silent protest by wearing their shirts inside-out during pregame shootaround to hide the team logo. Clippers players also featured black arm bands and/or wristbands and wore black socks.

From The Associated Press:

“It’s just us, only us. We’re all we got,” Clippers star guard Chris Paul could be heard shouting to teammates before they ran out.

The Warriors’ sellout crowd of 19,596, decked out in gold shirts, booed the Clippers – as they always do – during introductions.

Sterling’s wife, Shelly, was sitting courtside across from the Clippers’ bench. Commissioner Adam Silver had said Donald Sterling would not be at the game.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game that he would remain the only one to speak for the team on this, saying players want to remain focused on basketball. Even he, though, acknowledged that has not been easy since TMZ released the alleged recording of Sterling on Saturday.

“Our message is to play,” Rivers said. “Our message is that we’re going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do. And I think that’s a good message. I really do. I think that’s the message we’re trying to send. And if we can pull this off all the way, I think that would be a terrific message.”

The reaction to Sterling’s comments has been far-reaching, as other NBA players and teams have had to take stock of the owner’s alleged comments. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan released a statement saying that he was “completely outraged” by Sterling, while Heat star LeBron James said “there’s no room in the NBA for Donald Sterling.”

Even President Barack Obama. weighed in on the matter while on a state visit to Malaysia.

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here,” the President said in a press conference in Malaysia (as documented by CNN).

For more on the reaction to Sterling, click here.

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