Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul has responded to team owner Donald Sterling‘s inflammatory remarks.
On behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively,” Paul, the president of the NBA Players Association, said in a statement. “We have asked Mayor Kevin Johnson to expand his responsibilities with the NBPA, to determine our response and our next steps. As players, we owe it to our teams and our fans to keep our focus on our game, the playoffs, and a drive to the Finals.”
Statement from Mayor Kevin Johnson
“The reported comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling are reprehensible and unacceptable. The National Basketball Players Association must and will play a very active role in determining how this issue is addressed. There needs to be an immediate investigation and if the reports are true, there needs to be strong and swift action taken. I have spoken with NBPA President Chris Paul and will be leading the NBPA in addressing the implications of this serious matter. I will be formally reaching out to the NBA today to determine our next steps. While I originally came on to lead the Executive Director search, this issue requires immediate attention from the players association. I will be keeping Chris Paul, the Executive Committee, and all player representatives informed of every step.”
Earlier on Saturday, the NBA announced that it would be investigating the audio of Sterling’s remarks, posted on TMZ.
Sterling’s comments drew fire from former NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who posted a series of tweets pledging that he would “never go to a Clippers game again” as long as Sterling owned the team.