When Millionaires Cry

Ever wonder what happens when millionaires get sad? Now you know. Well, this is what happens when really tall millionaires get their feelings hurt.

Los Angeles Clippers players staged a silent protest against owner Donald Sterling before Sunday’s playoff game, while coach Doc Rivers said he isn’t sure what he would have to hear from Sterling to make him want to return next season.

“Don’t know yet,” Rivers said when asked if there were things he needed to hear from Sterling after an audio tape surfaced of Sterling purportedly making racist remarks to his girlfriend V. Stiviano. “I’m just going to leave it at that.”

The Clippers gathered at center court before a 118-97 Game 4 loss in their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors and took off their Clippers warm-up shirts and left them there. They then warmed up wearing inside-out red shooting shirts that did not display the Clippers name or logo. During the game, players wore black arm or wrist bands and black socks.

The absurdity of this jumps from the page. This is the same league that jumped on the Zimmerman case in Florida without knowing any of the facts, other than a black guy was the alleged victim. On race alone they had all the players wear hoodies and make a big deal of it at games. Their reaction was purely based on race, thinking it was a black kid getting shot by a white guy. Even when the white turned out to be a NAM, they persisted in calling him white.

The players have a right to be offended. They have a right to speak their mind on the issue. This sort of childish melodrama is another matter. If they had refused to play then I’d have some respect for them. Giving up loads of money for a principle is admirable, even if you think the principle is not a big deal. Turning their jerseys inside out is what teenagers do when they are mad at the gym teacher.