Jeff Van Gundy urges Clippers to protest Donald Sterling (Video)

Jeff Van GundyABC/ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy has never been shy when it comes to speaking his mind, and the former NBA coach did not hold back when encouraging the Clippers to take a stand against owner Donald Sterling.

During his introduction alongside Mike Breen before Game 4 of the Clippers-Warriors playoff series, Van Gundy expressed his feelings and said he felt the Clippers should have shown more of a protest.

“The only action that would be wrong is inaction or neutrality. From what the Clippers players did, I’d also like to see them make a statement before the game to the crowd about how racism has no place in this basketball arena,” said Van Gundy. “Or just sit on the bench silently protesting for 15 minutes. Or even wait until Commissioner Adam Silver imposes whatever discipline is coming. Any of those to me would have been a great statement.”

After the game began, Breen asked Van Gundy about how he thought the Sterling controversy would affect the team’s championship pursuit.

“Mike, who cares?” said Van Gundy. “There are some things that are bigger than pursuing a championship. Pursuing a championship is worthwhile. Making a stand on something that impacts society is even more important.”

Van Gundy is absolutely correct. It took a lot of guts for him to make his statement on national TV, and he did not back down. It’s nice to have someone speak his mind about such an important issue. It would have been even nicer if the Clippers took some of his advice, too. They should have protested the game.

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  • Tim Robertson

    Clippers really missed out on a historic opportunity. No one would have faulted them for protesting the game, in fact I would assume if they did, the Warriors would probably join in. The league would have no choice but to remove Sterling after such a stand so the playoffs could resume. Whats the worst that could happen, they would just play the game at a later date?

    It would have been one for the history books, and everyone would be on their side.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I agree.

  • TheCaptainsBest

    I completely agree! However, all is not lost on the moment, so lets give them a break and put the “HEAT” on them to Perform. After all when will a collected group of Black Men, have the Whole World Stage to make a statement on such a HUGE Proglem that not only BLACK People suffer from but the WORLD Suffers from this type of Racism. But none more apparent than that of the Black Man in America. Please as a Black Man from Alabama who marched with Dr. King, Put down that Basketball, and Pick up your Civil Rights Banner and Make a statement, Make a statement to the World That not only will Black Men Not stand for this Toxic Racism, this World of ours will not stand for it.
    Thank you, for this opportunity to share and help me put the heat on everyone in BASKETBALL to take This Historic Opportunity to let the World know that we as a society will not allow Racism to continue.

  • Robert

    Jeff Van Gundy is an empty headed idiot. Being a racist is not illegal, violating a contract is. I abhor racism, but forcing Sterling from the NBA or having players request free agency is a violation of his ownership rights. Sterling may be wrong, but he has a right to be wrong no matter how offensive it is. Van Gundy is nothing but a talking head who should be fired.