R&B singer Tank has pulled out of singing the national anthem Tuesday at the Golden State Warriors/Los Angeles Clippers playoff game, in the wake of Clippers' owner Donald Sterling's allegedly racist remarks that came to light Friday.
The "I Can't Make You Love Me" crooner told TMZ, "As an African-American man and artist, I must take a stand on a matter that is so deeply personal to me. In light of the recent disturbing and offensive allegations, in good conscience, I cannot move forward with my scheduled appearance at Tuesday's Los Angeles Clippers game."
Tank's decision to avoid the Staples Center comes days after TMZ and then Deadspin leaked audio of a conversation attributed to Sterling, in which the 80-year-old real estate mogul is supposedly heard berating his trwentysomething girlfriend for publicly associating with African-Americans and posting a picture of herself with Magic Johnson on Instagram.
"You can sleep with (blacks), you can bring them in, you can do whatever you want," he reportedly told his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who recorded the conversation.
You know what they say: V is for vengeance.
"The little I ask you is not to promote it and not to bring them to my games," the voice attributed to Sterling said. "Don't put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games, OK?"
Perhaps he hasn't taken a look at the Clippers' team picture lately.
After the comments nearly exploded the Internet over the weekend, the Clippers staged a protest by wearing their warm-ups inside out to hide the logo before Sunday's game in Oakland with the Warriors.
The Clippers released a statement last weekend, casting doubt on whether the voices on the recording were altered. Stiviano's lawyer released a statement Sunday saying the recording "is in fact legitimate."
Tank also told TMZ he won't have anything to do with any NBA team until the league takes action against Sterling. The league has said it will make an announcement on the matter Tuesday.