Donald Sterling ban: Raptors plan gesture
Silent protest to be made before Wednesday's game
The Toronto Raptors will make a gesture of solidarity with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night over the Donald Sterling controversy.
Sterling, the longtime Clippers owner, has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments he made in a recorded conversation.
Raptors all-star DeMar DeRozan wouldn't reveal what the team is planning for the silent protest.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the Raptors, released the following statement after the announcement of Sterling's ban on Tuesday.
"As a proud member of the National Basketball Association, we stand strongly in our belief that the comments attributed to Mr. Sterling have no place in our society or sport. Our organization will always work to contribute to a culture of diversity and acceptance in this league and fully support the actions taken today. We thank Commissioner Adam Silver, and all of the NBA players, for their leadership on this important issue."
The Raptors will join a chorus of protests when they play Brooklyn in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final at Air Canada Centre.
On Monday night, the Miami Heat ran out of the tunnel in their warmups, huddled at centre court and tossed their white jerseys to the ground.
They wore their red warmup shirts inside out, hiding the team logo.
With files from CBCSports.ca