Ever since Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made his infamous comments, celebrities both in and out of the sports world have been putting in their two cents.
But one of the men people most want to hear from is head coach Doc Rivers. Not only has he worked closely with Mr. Sterling for some time, he also works directly with the players affected.
Well, he’s finally released his own statement, and it’s a little political. But whose side does he fall on? The players’? Sterling’s? He said:
“I would like to reiterate how disappointed I am in the comments attributed to [Donald Sterling] and I can├óΓé¼Γäót even begin to tell you how upset I am and our players are. Today, I had a meeting with the members of our organization. When you are around all these people, you realize they are just as upset and embarrassed by the situation and it does not reflect who they really are. That was what I got from all of them. They are now a part of this and they are upset at this. But, they are all going to hang in there and so are we – I can tell you that as a group and as a team. From our fans├óΓé¼Γäó standpoint, I want to say that they have been amazing, I can tell you that. We need unbelievable support right now from other people and I├óΓé¼Γäóm hoping we get that. My hope is that whatever the fans do, it is as one. I think that is what we all should do.
We want to make the right decisions here. We├óΓé¼Γäóre doing our very best to try and do that. We know that fans are in a dilemma as well. We want them to cheer for their players and their team. It will always be their players and their team. From the fans that I have heard from, that├óΓé¼Γäós how they feel. ├óΓé¼╦£This is my team. These are my players that I├óΓé¼Γäóm cheering for and that├óΓé¼Γäós not going to change.├óΓé¼Γäó I hope STAPLES Center is packed and people are cheering for the players. The players are now in the middle of this, and they have to deal with it.
We are all trying to figure out everything as it goes and just do our best and we hope that it is the right answer. I├óΓé¼Γäóm still going to do my best and do what I think is best for the team and for everybody in this case. It is very difficult because there are so many emotions in this. This is a very emotional subject, this is personal.
My belief is that the longer we keep winning, the more we talk about this. I believe that is good. If we want to make a statement – I believe that is how we have to do it. I think that is the right way to do it, but that doesn├óΓé¼Γäót mean we still don├óΓé¼Γäót wrestle with it every day and every moment. That is the difficult part.
We are all doing our best here. Our players are doing their best. There are a lot of people involved in this. From one man├óΓé¼Γäós comments, a lot of people have been affected and the conversations that we├óΓé¼Γäóre all having do need to be had.”
What do U think? Did Doc’s statement say it all? Or dance around the issues?
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