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6 Feb 2016
7 Feb 2016
Blazers speak out on Sterling controversy
Some of the Trail Blazers commented Sunday on the controversy surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's alleged remarks about blacks on a recorded conversation with a female friend.
Portland center Robin Lopez, guard Wesley Matthews and forward Nicolas Batum offered their opinions after the Blazers' 123-120 overtime victory against the Houston Rockets at Moda Center
I really think thats a shame," Lopez said, of the comments attributed to Sterling that have touched off a firestorm because of their racially charged tone.
"Its a little bit of a double standard, I feel," Lopez said. "If thats a player or coach saying something like that, nobody would stand for that. There would be repercussions immediately."
Matthews called the comments on the recording "crazy."
Added Matthews: "But, honestly, all Im focused on is how we can get Game 5 (Wednesday at Houston)."
As for dealing with Sterling, "Thats up to the NBA, Matthews said.
Batum also took comfort in hearing that the NBA was investigating, and that he isn't playing for the Clippers.
"The league is going to do its job," Batum said.
Batum termed the whole situation for the Los Angeles team "sad. It has to be strange. I dont know how I would feel. Thats some strange stuff for them (Clippers players), but Im glad to be on the Blazers.
Said Lopez: "Im glad that stuff is starting to happen. People arent okay with that.