L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers put out a statement today on the Donald Sterling controversy, after a statement released yesterday by the Clippers organization. Rivers says, “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.”
Not many of the Clippers players (save for Chris Paul) have spoken publicly about the controversy, but they did stage a protest of sorts at Sunday’s game. Rivers says he is grateful to all the fans supporting them through this difficult time for the team.
“My belief is that the longer we keep winning, the more we talk about this. I believe that is good. If we want to make a statement – I believe that is how we have to do it. I think that is the right way to do it, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t wrestle with it every day and every moment. That is the difficult part.
“We are all doing our best here. Our players are doing their best. There are a lot of people involved in this. From one man’s comments, a lot of people have been affected and the conversations that we’re all having do need to be had.”
The NBA is expected to make an official announcement about Sterling tomorrow.
[photo via Keith Allison]
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