The Los Angeles Clippers players have shown they stand together but seemingly apart from team owner Donald Sterling.
In an apparent act of protest against racist remarks attributed to Sterling, Clippers players warmed up for their playoff game on Sunday afternoon against the Golden State Warriors with their red T-shirts worn inside out to obscure any team logo.
"We're going to be one, everything we do, we do it together," Clippers point guard Chris Paul told Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles. "Stay together, play ball."
Shortly after the team took the floor together at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, the players huddled at midcourt and all stripped off their shooting shirts to reveal their inside-out red warm-up shirts.
(GIF via @_scottjohnson)
The shooting shirts were left in a pile as the team began its warm-up routine before Game 4 of their opening-round playoff series.
The Clippers took off their shooting shirts and dumped them at center court. pic.twitter.com/Nod5QWsWJy
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 27, 2014
Clippers take off warm-up gear, drop them at mid court t-shirts on backwards. pic.twitter.com/FbdNBzY2Js
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) April 27, 2014
Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose tweeted before the game that the team was considering such an act.
I'm hearing Clipper players will be turning their team-issued gear inside out (except for uniforms) for all of Game 4. #DonaldSterling
— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) April 27, 2014
When the game tipped off, the Clippers' blue road uniforms were worn traditionally, complying with NBA rules. The L.A. players did seem to all be wearing black wristbands or armbands with their uniforms in another apparent act of solidarity following racist remarks allegedly made by Sterling in an unverified audio recording obtained by TMZ. In the recording purportedly of the longtime owner of the Clippers, he can be heard telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, that he doesn't want her to bring black people to his games or post pictures with black people on Instagram.