You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Clippers, NBA stars, Obama react to Sterling audio

No one was quite sure how the Los Angeles Clippers would handle the controversy surrounding team owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist remarks.

And while the players didn't outright boycott Game 4 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, they did stage what the media is calling a "silent protest" to take a stand on the controversy. (Via CNNThe Huffington PostSports Illustrated)

When the Clippers took the court Sunday for their pregame warm-up, the team left their Clippers jerseys in a pile at center court. Instead, the players warmed up in playoff shirts turned inside out. (Via Twitter / @ArashMarkaz@MadelynBurke)

In compliance with NBA rules, the players did put their Clippers shirts back on when the game began. But the players were sporting black armbands and black socks, in what's been deemed another show of solidarity.

>> Read more trending stories

Unfortunately, the symbolic gestures didn't help the team on the court — the Warriors handily beat the Clippers 118-97, tying up the series 2-2. (Via Los Angeles Times)

The Clippers organization has been left reeling after TMZ published audio Friday of racist remarks Sterling allegedly made to his then-girlfriend. Deadspin published an extended version of that audio Sunday containing even more racist comments.

The audio prompted immediate reaction from around the NBA. Miami Heat star LeBron James and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan both said if the comments are confirmed, the league has no place for Sterling. (Via CBSUSA Today)

And former player Magic Johnson, who was namechecked in the audio, told ESPN: "He shouldn't own a team anymore. And he should stand up and say, 'I don't want to own a team anymore.'" (Via ESPN)

Even President Barack Obama, on an overseas trip to Asia, weighed in on the controversy during a press conference.

"We've made enormous strides, but you're going to see this percolate up every so often. And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it." (Via The White House)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters he's still investigating Sterling's comments. The league is expected to decide on a course of action before the Clippers' next game Tuesday.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Johnny Manziel: Reports of super-sized Super Bowl selfie prices false
Johnny Manziel: Reports of super-sized Super Bowl selfie prices false

Johnny Manziel wants to set the record straight apparently. After reports made the rounds he will be at the Super Bowl next month in Houston signing autographs and charging exorbitant fees for the opportunity to take pictures with him, the former Browns quarterback took to Twitter to give his side of the story.  Manziel is a native Texan...
Rockets' James Harden surprises fan celebrating 100th birthday
Rockets' James Harden surprises fan celebrating 100th birthday

The Houston Rockets’ James Harden had a great night on the court, but it’s what he did after the game that has fans cheering. After scoring 38 points in a 111-92 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Harden headed to the stands, where he signed a ball for a very special fan, a woman celebrating her 100th birthday. Harden presented her the ball...
ICYMI: Ohio State beat Nebraska in epic (silly) fashion last night
ICYMI: Ohio State beat Nebraska in epic (silly) fashion last night

Ohio State might yet have a forgettable basketball season, but the Buckeyes earned a memorable win over Nebraska on Wednesday night.  The Buckeyes trailed at the half, rallied to take the lead but still looked headed for defeat in Lincoln.  Then a Cornhusker defender fell down and Marc Loving scored the game-winning points on an uncontested...
Dayton Flyers want a white-out at UD Arena on Thursday
Dayton Flyers want a white-out at UD Arena on Thursday

The Dayton Flyers are urging fans to wear white for a 7 p.m. Thursday game against Richmond at UD Arena. Senior Joey Gruden and sophomore Ryan Mikesell starred in a video for the Red Scare student section on Wednesday. A victory by the Flyers (13-4, 4-1) would give them a share of first place with Richmond (11-6, 5-0). The game has added importance...
Reds trade starting pitcher
Reds trade starting pitcher

The Cincinnati Reds made a somewhat surprising move Thursday morning by sending Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins for three prospects.  The players headed to Cincinnati are pitchers Louis Castillo and Austin Brice along with outfielder Isaiah White.  Baseball America recently ranked Castillo as the No. 2 prospect in the Marlins organization...
More Stories