Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul, head coach Doc Rivers, and other players have discussed boycotting the start of the 2014-2015 season if embattled owner Donald Sterling has not sold the team when it begins, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Thursday.
“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul told Goodman. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”
Other Clippers players, including Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, will talk about it too, Paul, who is also president of the NBA’s players union, said.
“We’re all going to talk about it,” he said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake, DJ. It’s unacceptable.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced in April that Sterling faced a lifetime ban and that owners would vote to force a sale of the team due to the racist comments Sterling made to his girlfriend in a leaked audio recording. Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, reached an agreement with former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer to sell the team for $2 billion, but Sterling is currently in court arguing that the sale should be voided.
The NBA extended its deadline for the sale until August 15. The court fight could end as soon as next week.
After Sterling’s comments, Paul and the Clippers discussed not playing a playoff game against the Golden State Warriors but decided to stage a pre-game protest instead.