Clippers Turn Warmups Inside Out Before Playoff Game After Owner’s Racism Controversy

The team dropped their warm-up jackets with the Clippers logo on the floor before the game, and donned black wristbands and socks.

1. Before today’s Clippers game began in Oakland, Calif., the players shed their team-issued warm-up gear with the Clippers logo and wore black armbands and socks as a silent protest against their owner, Donald Sterling.

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5. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Sterling would not be in attendance for today’s playoff game against the Warriors, after a recording leaked yesterday of a conversation in which he allegedly asked his girlfriend not to bring black people to his games.

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More signs at Oracle

— CJ Fogler (@cjzero)
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8. Sterling’s wife came to the game, however, wearing all black, likely in support of the players.

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Shelly Sterling, Donald's wife, is in same courtside seat where they sat Friday..and she's wearing all black...

— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke)
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CP3: "We're going to be one. Everything we do, we do it together."

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi)
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11. Magic Johnson, who said he won’t go to Clippers games again while Sterling is still owner, announced during the game that he won’t talk about him anymore.

Attention All Media: I'm not doing anymore interviews about Donald Sterling.

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
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12. Update: The Clippers lost the game 94-118.

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Correction: This post originally stated today’s game was against the Wizards, but it was against the Warriors.

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