Rivers: I hope the NBA sends a strong message

Rivers: I hope the NBA sends a strong message
April 28, 2014, 5:15 pm

The Clippers are in the midst of a playoff battle with the Golden State Warriors, but there's a much bigger issue at hand in L.A.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling can be heard over leaked audio making racist comments to his then girlfriend, including telling her not to bring black people to his games - or take pictures with them and promote her relationships with them.

This obviously has rocked the NBA community, and especially the Clippers organization.

As head coach of the team, Doc Rivers - an African American himself - finds himself in the middle of it all.

He spoke with media on Tuesday to discuss the current state of the organization.

"Today, I had a meeting with just people in our organization," Rivers said. "I'm talking about everyone from PR to everyone because I just felt like they needed to hear a voice as well and when you are around all these people you realize that they are just as upset and embarrassed and it doesn't reflect who they really are."

The NBA has announced that it will hold a press conference tomorrow about its investigation into Sterling.

"I think this is a very important decision," Rivers said of the announcement. "I hope it's a very strong message and I believe that it will be, but other than that I'm just going to let the league do what it needs to do."