Clippers stage silent protest to owner

By Antonio Gonzalez

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 27 2014 6:15 p.m. MDT

Johnson, a former NBA player, said players trust that the commissioner will meet their demands, which include: Sterling not attend any NBA games for the rest of the playoffs; a full account of past allegations of discrimination by Sterling and why the league never sanctioned him; the range of options that the league can penalize Sterling, including the maximum penalty, which players want if the audio recording is validated; assurance that the NBA and the union will be partners in the investigation; and an immediate and decisive ruling, hopefully before the Clippers host the Warriors for Game 5 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Johnson also said there will be no league-wide protest by players or any kind of boycott because there's enough attention on the issue already and that players "trust Adam Silver. They trust that Adam Silver will do the right thing."

Jackson also wanted to make clear that the audio affected his team, too. He said they spoke about the comments Saturday and decided to use the issue as a platform to spark change.

"You stand up there and you answer questions as an African-American man," Jackson said, "and you sound intelligent and you carry yourself and conduct yourself to answer and let people know."

The game Sunday provided a bigger platform than anybody in the organization could remember in the past two decades.

The Warriors said they had more than 100 credential requests since Saturday for a total of about 220 media members approved. The team said there were only about 140 to 150 credentialed media for Game 3 on Thursday, and there were about 60 for regular-season game this past season.

For the players, concentrating on the game might have been the toughest task.

"As much as this is about basketball, this is life," Rivers said. "And our guys, they have family. They have friends. And that have cellphones. And I can't imagine how much they've been pulled on and talked to and what you should do and what you shouldn't do and what you should say."

AP Sports Writer Joseph White in Washington contributed to this report.

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