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Chris Paul and Kevin Johnson react to Donald Sterling allegations

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Paul and Kevin Johnson react to Sterling allegations. (USATSI)
Paul and Kevin Johnson react to Sterling allegations. (USATSI)

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In response to the allegations about racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling on a recorded conversation, National Basketball Players Association president and Los Angeles Clippers' point guard Chris Paul and NBPA adviser and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson issued statements about the situation:

Statement from Chris Paul – NBPA President

“On behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively. 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 the 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."

Paul re-signed with the Clippers as a free agent this past summer to the tune of five years and $107 million. He was named the players union president back in August of last year.

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