Professional athletes aren’t usually known for their political or social activism, but when faced with racism, homophobia or other types of bigotry, many have found creative ways to express their antipathy, often on the field or court.
After Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was purportedly caught on tape expressing bigoted views about African-Americans over the weekend, his team took to the court to show its dismay. On Sunday, before a game against the Golden State Warriors, the players dumped their shooting shirts at center court, and wore their warm-up uniforms inside-out, obscuring the Clippers logo.
It wasn’t the only protest against Sterling’s alleged comments. Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, who was mentioned by Sterling as being too dark-skinned in one of the recordings, changed his walk-up music to Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” during Sunday’s baseball game. In addition to the subtle reference, Kemp told reporters he “feels sorry” that the Clippers have to play for Sterling.