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ESSENCE Poll: What Should NBA Players Do in Response to Clippers Controversy?

What, if anything, should NBA players do in light of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist comments?
ESSENCE Poll: What Should NBA Players Do in Response to Clippers Controversy?
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Ever since TMZ released an alleged audio conversation of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making shocking racist remarks to his half-black girlfriend V. Stiviano, all eyes have been on the NBA to see how the league would handle the scandal. 

Last night, after a meeting amongst themselves, Clippers’ players made a silent protest against their owner by dumping their shooting shirts at half-court at the beginning of their game revealing warm-ups that hid their team logo. They also wore black wrist or arm bands and socks throughout their game against the Golden State Warriors.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver asked Sterling to keep his distance from Sunday’s game and promised a swift and full investigation before deciding what additional penalties were necessary.

Meanwhile, celebrities, politicians, and players continue to condemn Sterling in big numbers. Magic and Cookie Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Terrence Jenkins have pledged to never attend another Clippers game as long as Sterling remains owner. While fellow NBA players like Kobe Bryant have tweeted statements saying, “I couldn’t play for him.”

What do you think NBA players (most of whom are Black) should do? Should they make a bigger statement like immediately boycotting playing all together until Sterling receives a fitting punishment? Or is taking their time to plan a more strategic response based of the league’s ultimate decision best? Let us know below.

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