OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson said if he were a fan of either team, he would not attend Game 5 of the Warriors-Clippers series at Staples Center on Tuesday due to racially charged comments attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
"The loudest statement to be made is not showing up," Jackson said before practice Monday. "The noise of it not being tolerated, that this is a different time. It's unfortunate, and we cannot allow someone with these feelings to profit."
The NBA scheduled a news conference Tuesday morning before the game to make an announcement regarding the investigation involving Sterling, who is in hot water after a recording on TMZ.com surfaced of a man telling a girlfriend not to bring black people to games or associate with them in public.
"I can only tell you what I would do, and as an African American man that's a fan of the game of basketball and knows its history and knows what's right and what's wrong, I would not come to the game tomorrow whether I was a Clippers fan or a Warriors fan in the Staples Center tomorrow," Jackson said.
Jackson also said the players should still play with the series even at 2-2.
"The biggest statement would be playing and pouring our hearts out into something we've dreamt about doing and doing it in a way where no matter color what we are, we do this with class, dignity and integrity," Jackson said.