With the Donald Sterling situation continuing to spin out of control, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver has scheduled a morning press conference at which he's expected to announce the league's initial action against the Clippers owner. Mayor Eric Garcetti has shifted his schedule to hold a presser right after with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, who will be there as a former player who speaks for the NBA players association. It's all kind of urgent because sponsors are fleeing the Clippers in the wake of Sterling's latest racist talk — telling his girlfriend not to bring blacks to Clippers games or take photos with Magic Johnson — and because the Clippers players are supposed to play game 5 of the playoffs tonight at Staples Center. Some African American leaders have urged a boycott of the Clippers, and there's some question whether the players will play and what they might do as a protest if they do show up (as expected.) What the fans might do is anyone's guess.
Here are some of bullet points from the ongoing Sterling stories:
"I would like to reiterate how disappointed I am in the comments attributed to [Donald Sterling] and I can’t even begin to tell you how upset I am and our players are. Today, I had a meeting with the members of our organization. When you are around all these people, you realize they are just as upset and embarrassed by the situation and it does not reflect who they really are. That was what I got from all of them. They are now a part of this and they are upset at this. But, they are all going to hang in there and so are we -- I can tell you that as a group and as a team. From our fans’ standpoint, I want to say that they have been amazing, I can tell you that. We need unbelievable support right now from other people and I’m hoping we get that. My hope is that whatever the fans do, it is as one. I think that is what we all should do.
"We want to make the right decisions here. We’re doing our very best to try and do that. We know that fans are in a dilemma as well. We want them to cheer for their players and their team. It will always be their players and their team. From the fans that I have heard from, that’s how they feel. ‘This is my team. These are my players that I’m cheering for and that’s not going to change.’ I hope Staples Center is packed and people are cheering for the players. The players are now in the middle of this, and they have to deal with it.
"We are all trying to figure out everything as it goes and just do our best and we hope that it is the right answer. I’m still going to do my best and do what I think is best for the team and for everybody in this case. It is very difficult because there are so many emotions in this. This is a very emotional subject, this is personal.