Miami Heat star LeBron James and other players are threatening to boycott the NBA if Sterling remains owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to Roger Mason Jr., the NBA Player’s Association president, James and other athletes say they aren’t setting foot on the court next year if Donald Sterling isn’t removed.
In fact, if LeBron is serious about this stance, this might be the most significant statement in professional sports over the last 40 years. […] This means that if Sterling remains as an owner, the NBA’s billion dollar marketing cash cows are prepared to walk right out the door.
Mason mentioned this dramatic step on “Jim Rome on Showtime”, revealing the results of a third meeting this week that the players have had about getting Sterling out of the game entirely.
“If it’s not handled by … the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” Mason said. “I was just in the locker room with LeBron … At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members … Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing.’”
Rome went on to ask: “So your guy LeBron, you think he would not play if Sterling were still in there when the [next] season started?”
“I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it,” Mason said. “He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.”
Mason also stated that the players aren’t interested in seeing anyone from Sterling’s family in control of the team either, including Donald’s wife Shelley.
Just a few weeks ago, the Golden State Warriors planned a boycott during the playoffs against the Clippers if NBA commissioner Adam Silver had not reprimanded Sterling for his racist remarks during a leaked conversation with then-girlfriend V. Stiviano.
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