PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Portland Trail Blazers spoke on Monday about their silent visual statement during Sunday’s game and opinions in regards to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist remarks.
During Game 4 on Sunday, the Blazers and Rockets showed a sign of solidarity, wearing black socks and black shoes.
“It’s just something that we felt was right to do,” said Trail Blazers Guard Wesley Matthews. “It was really led by Lamarcus Aldridge. It was his idea.”
Aldridge said everyone was on board with the idea.
“We were all on board and not one person didn’t want to do it, so I thought that was a great way to support them through this tough time,” said Aldridge. “
Although not initially speaking about the controversy surrounding the Clippers’ owner, some Blazers players opened up after practice on Monday.
“You know, it’s kind of mind boggling when you think about people feeling that way still…and at the end of the day like I said before, he’s probably not the only person in the world who feels that way,” said Blazers Guard Damian Lillard.
For Blazers Guard Mo Williams, the controversy is more personal, as he played for the Clippers a couple seasons ago.
“I mean it’s…I can’t even pick the words to kind of explain the reaction I had and to know that I was once a member of the Clippers and worked for him,” said Williams.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who was in attendance at Sunday’s Blazers game, will officially weigh in on the issue Tuesday at 11 a.m.
However, the NAACP already took action against Sterling, pulling a lifetime achievement award they were planning to give to him.
Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen also weighed in on the allegations Sterling is faced with, releasing the following statement:
“The kind of statements attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling, if true, are abhorrent, and not acceptable for the owner of an NBA franchise or anyone in professional sports. We at the Trail Blazers reject any and all such sentiments, and believe NBA leadership should take swift and impactful action in this case.”