Is our definition of “powerful” watered down?
— Mashable (@mashable) April 27, 2014
Those are the members of the Los Angeles Clippers, whose boss, Donald Sterling, chastised his mistress for associating with African Americans.
The team reportedly thought about boycotting this afternoon’s playoff game with the Golden State Warriors, a powerful message that would’ve been unmistakable, and forced the NBA leadership to do something other than say “we’ll investigate,” because in the league, Sterling’s racism reportedly wasn’t much of a secret.
Instead, they opted to turn their warm-up jackets inside out.
Not exactly Rosa Parks, fellas.
“Our message is that we’re going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. And I think that’s a good message. I really do. I think that’s the message we’re trying to send. And if we can pull this off all the way, I think that would be a terrific message.”
Instead, the Clippers got clobbered by the Warriors.
They would’ve been better off boycotting.
Related: NBA owners must be held accountable for racist behavior by Donald Sterling (The Washington Post).