Clippers Coach: Owner's 'Disturbing' Remarks Couldn't Come at a Worse Time

The team had a 45-minute meeting to discuss the reportedly racist comments today when Coach Rivers would have preferred to focus on the next game.

Los Angeles Clippers.
Los Angeles Clippers.

Originally posted at 7:41 p.m. April 26, 2014. Edited to add video.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers said today's news that his boss, Donald Sterling, reportedly made racist comments could not come at a worse time -- four games into the NBA playoffs.

Glenn "Doc" Rivers told reporters in San Francisco this afternoon that it was "disturbing to hear anyone say that, it doesn't matter if it comes from someone we work with."

"There will be a time to react to this, there will be a place to react to this," he told reporters after a team practice at the University of San Francisco. "This is not the time and this is not the place.

"Right now, our focus is on Golden State."

The team had a 45-minute meeting to discuss the comments today, and Rivers told reporters he would have much rather have had the players watch videos of the Golden State Warriors, who play the Clippers Sunday in Oakland.

"What are we going to do?" he asked rhetorically during a 25-minute session with a gaggle of reporters at USF. His comments were recorded by KCBS radio in San Francisco and broadcast by its sister station, KNX, in Los Angeles.

"It has an impact on is and then we move on," he said.

"We try to keep clutter away from our team," he observed. "This clutter has been brought to our team and that upsets us."

--City News Service


Joseph Delano April 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM
I'd be curious to learn WHEN the alleged conversation is purported to having taken place....we all know when it was released. You are right Tom Jackson - more deflection of the heat on the The Great Pretender for issues that are really important. Not this nonsense.
George April 28, 2014 at 03:33 PM
I fully support the owner of the Clippers. These dang black folk need to lighten up. They ONLY care about racism when it comes from white people. Black folk like Kobe Bryant can call gay people f_gs and that's OK. No more double standards!
Ivan Levy April 28, 2014 at 05:29 PM
George, Tom, Joseph...charter members of the Racist Apologist Society. Quite an "honor", eh?
George April 29, 2014 at 01:28 AM
Ivan, Did Kobe Bryant not call a rival team player a fagg_t a coupe of years ago? Yes he did and all was forgiven. The same judgement for the Clippers owner.
Robert Karlton April 29, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Kobe Bryant isn't a team owner. No moral equivalence whatsoever. George, I assume you weren't on your school's debate team, eh?


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