Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack, making the rounds on California radio, was predictably asked about embattled Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling, who last week came under scrutiny for saying that he didn’t want black people to attend Clippers game, amongst other things. Sterling also has a well-documented history of racist behaviors. Speaking with 95.7 The Game in Oakland, Jack said that NBA players should boycott games until Sterling sells the team. The full quote, as provided by Yahoo! Sports’ “Ball Don’t Lie” blog:
“The thing I would propose is that nobody plays another game for the Clippers as long as that man is in control period point blank. And we don’t play another game until that man is removed. It’s not a Clipper issue, it’s a league issue and we should all take a stance on it.”
issued a statementThis is pretty strong opinion from Jack and he’s the first Cavalier player to have spoken on the matter with the media. Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao tweeted in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s decision to ban Sterling for life and fine him $2.5 million dollars. Dan Gilbert also tweeted about Silver’s decision and ng the night before Silver’s press conference.
— Anderson Varejão (@VAREJAOANDERSON) April 29, 2014
Commissioner Silver has made the right moves in response to this unfortunate absurd spectacle. #ZeroTolerance
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) April 29, 2014
Jack’s comments are interesting to say the least. He deserves some praise for his words, but it’s highly unlikely that a large group of players will boycott games and give up millions in salary. Still, it is refreshing to see a player give an honest take on what he’d like to see happen.