By now the entire world is aware of the comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers Owner, Donald Sterling. The team has been in the midst of a resurgence over the last two years, but the racially charged comments attributed to their owner has made that feel good story take a back seat.
There has already been backlash from players and fans and there could certainly be more as the NBA decides how to handle this unprecedented matter. Now, it seems, the comments could be affecting the actual games themselves — from an entertainment standpoint.
R&B singer, Tank, was scheduled to perform the National Anthem prior to tip off of Game 5 of the Clippers vs. Warriors game at the Staples Center. The game, set for Tuesday night, will not be attended by Sterling who is reportedly remaining out of sight during this tumultuous time.
Despite his absence, Tank has decided to boycott the performance. Tank has made his decision clear to a number of media outlets and released the following statement to USA Today.
“As an African-American man and artist, I must take a stand on this matter that is so deeply personal to me,” he said. “In light of the recent disturbing and offensive allegations, I cannot move forward with my scheduled appearance at Tuesday’s Los Angeles Clippers Game.”
Tank went on to add that it would not be wise for him to perform for an owner who runs an event where African-Americans are allegedly not welcome.
Tank was not the only musical artists who no longer wishes to be associated with the Clippers following the remarks. Original lead singer for the ‘Village People,’ Victor Willis, voiced his displeasure on Twitter and is reportedly vowing to pull one of the most recognizable songs of all time from Clippers games.
‘Y.M.C.A,’ is a staple at many NBA games, as well as other sporting events, due to its ability to bring fans together in unison. Willis does not want the Clippers to use the song in that way while Sterling is the owner.
Even Philly’s own Questlove from ‘The Roots,’ chimed in on the controversy and wishes the team would take a very drastic approach to show their displeasure.
This story is still unraveling quite a bit as the league investigates the audio. A decision is expected on Tuesday before the game related to Sterling’s fate as an NBA owner.
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– Ray Boyd, WOGL.com