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Stephen A. Smith

Clippers Players Considered Not Playing Tomorrow

... In Protest

4/26/2014 10:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426_stephen_a_smith_tmz2ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith says several members of the L.A. Clippers considered not taking the floor tomorrow against the Golden State Warriors as a protest against team owner Donald Sterling.

Smith says several players on the team are FURIOUS after hearing the comments Sterling made to his girlfriend in an audio tape published by TMZ Sports.

Its unclear what will happen tomorrow -- but Reverend Jesse Jackson has suggested the team employ a "symbolic expression" to show their disdain and disapproval for Sterling.

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1.

Vasquez    

Sterling should own a Polo team instead. I support The Clippers having a boycott.

88 days ago
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jacqueline    

I dont understand the outrage, jm not shocked at his commentsbthis is americe, this is the way they have always felt about blacks, faking all alone and its everywhere, blacks have acted like its non existence, cause the have money, they been pimping blacks for years, you help makem rich and then there true colors come out, wake up wanna be white black folk.put your money in your communities.

88 days ago
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curtflirt    

They shouldn't play with all of their heart tomorrow and as a matter of fact, tank the playoffs, the heck with this racist. You mean to tell me THAT MAGIC JOHNSON ISN'T SUITABLE TO HANGOUT WITH OR BE SEEN WITH IN PUBLIC??? MAN SHOOT, GLAD SHE GOT THAT TAPE OUT THERE OF THIS PIECE OF CRAP.

88 days ago
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curtflirt    

Definitely not the organization for him to own anything in.

88 days ago
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john    

If nothing else, the players should make it clear he is not really their "owner." And it would be great if they skipped the game altogether. NOW we'll get to see what the NBA is really made of. He should be severely sanctioned.

88 days ago
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brokeuno    

Clippers shouldnt protest by sitting out a game. Yea the owner said some racist crap, but the team shouldnt endanger their postseason because of it. They worked hard to get to this point and to jeopardize it because of the owner's remarks is just stupid. Take the high road, do what you are paid to do, and deal with the owner in private. Do not risk denying yourselves a chance at an nba title because of this.

88 days ago
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Denver    

Let them sit. As vile as the comments were they were no worse than what these players say about themselves and whites, every stinking day of their lives.

88 days ago
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WilliamPenn    

Sterling is an idiot and should not own an NBA team if that's how he feels. However, Jesse Jackson just smells a shakedown. It's his M.O. To make it all go away, Sterling will donate a gazillion bucks, a load of which will end up in Jesse's pocket. Read the book, "Shakedown," for how Jesse operates.

88 days ago
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IAMtheGRID    

Boycott every single product/service that Sterling owns. Hit him where it hurts the most. His pockets. Watch him run to a P.R. guru to TRY and fix the situation. Sorry Sterling. You have exposed yourself. I won't be buying anything you sell not would I stay at ANY of your hotels. Idiot.

88 days ago
10.

dd    

Good DO NOT PLAY FOR A RACIST....

88 days ago
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bucktownboy    

Maybe they could put on whitefaces and play.

88 days ago
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Moreaces    

I pray they Don't show.

88 days ago
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momnotmom    

The players should play- they signed contracts and two wrongs don't make a right. And the NBA shouldn't fine him- he's got loads of money. Just announce that all of the player contracts are voided at the end of this season and that every Clippers player is now a free agent.

88 days ago
14.

Jerry Thompson    

What a bunch of cry babies. Then the racist al sharpton says take the team away from him. I thought we believed in free speech. They were just words, get over it!

88 days ago
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sawyer    

I would not want to be Golden SW. Doc is a great motivator and the players excel. The Clips will trounce GSW.

88 days ago
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