After the NBA’s owners' commissioner, Adam Silver concluded his press conference where he announced sanctions against L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his racist rant, which included a lifetime ban from the game and $2.5 million fine, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) held one of their own, which they called off any planned boycotts.
“If you really want to boycott Donald Sterling, you’ll attended all the games of the basketball team he owns,” said a spokesman for the NBPA. “In fact, if you really want your protest to be heard, you will buy up any unsold season tickets too.”
The NBPA asks that the fans focus on the game and that anything less would be counter productive and more importantly not profitable.
The players association even went so far as to call off the most passive of planned protest called the “Blackout” boycott, which asked Clippers' fans attending the games to wear black tee-shirts over their Clippers' jerseys.
“If the fans wear a black tee-shirt over the team jersey, how will the network TV camera’s see the Clippers' logo?” asked the NBPA. “Don’t hate the player. And don’t be hating the game either.”
The NBPA calls for fans to lend their support in this time of crisis by purchasing all L.A. Clippers related merchandise.
“And I’m not just talking about Clippers team jerseys neither,” said the players association. “I mean the coffee mugs, calendars, tote bags, rings, watches…everything!”