The Clippers staged their protest to the alleged racist comments made by owner Donald Sterling by wearing their warmups inside out ahead of Sunday's Game 4 against the Warriors.
It's certainly debatable whether that was enough of a protest as Sterling's purported comments have highjacked all the attention away from the playoffs and undoubtedly distracted a team with title aspirations. Doc Rivers, for example, admitted that he only slept 45 minutes on Saturday night ahead of Game 4.
But R&B singer Tank, who was scheduled to perform the national anthem ahead of Tuesday's game 5 in Los Angeles, is taking a less ambiguous stand against Sterling's apparent scathing comments against African Americans.
“As an African American and artist, I must take a stand on this matter that is so deeply personal to me. In light of the recent disturbing and offensive allegations, I cannot move forward with my scheduled appearance at Tuesday's Los Angeles Clippers game,” he said in a statement to USA Today. The news was first reported by TMZ.
“This is a very serious issue, and my decision was not made lightly. Although I appreciate the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the game, I cannot associate my brand with an owner or event where African-Americans and other minorities are not welcome.”
“I have confidence the NBA will take action and resolve the situation, and at which time I look forward to watching a sport and a team I so deeply love.”
The NBA will announce its finding on the matter at a press conference on Tuesday.