Here is what many of us have been waiting on: an official response from someone within the Clippers organization on Donald Sterling’s comments.
Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Player’s Association and Clippers point guard released a brief statement on the matter.
“On behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively. We have asked Mayor Kevin Johnson to expand his responsibilities with the NBPA, to determine our response and our next steps. As players, we owe it to our teams and our fans to keep our focus on our game, the playoffs, and a drive to the Finals.”
The latter end of the statement ended any thought of the Clippers sitting out games in spite of their owner. He then let Kevin Johnson, former NBA player and mayor of Sacramento, make a bigger statement on matter as Paul continues to focus on the playoffs from now until it ends.
“The reported comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling are reprehensible and unacceptable. The National Basketball Players Association must and will play a very active role in determining how this issue is addressed. There needs to be an immediate investigation and if the reports are true, there needs to be strong and swift action taken.”
“I have spoken with NBPA President Chris Paul and will be leading the NBPA in addressing the implications of this serious matter. I will be formally reaching out to the NBA today to determine our next steps. While I originally came on to lead the Executive Director search, this issue requires immediate attention from the Players Association. I will be keeping Chris Paul, the Executive Committee, and all player representatives informed of every step.”
As the day goes on, more and more players, coaches, and key NBA figures are beginning to speak out on the matters. Paul and Johnson aren’t the first and they certainly won’t be the last to have an opinion on the matter.