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R&B singer Tank protests Clippers' owner, won't sing national anthem

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

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R&B singer Tank won't be performing on Tuesday night. (USATSI)

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.

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