Clippers players protest team owner Donald Sterling's alleged remarks 

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  • Members of the Los Angeles Clippers listen to the national anthem before Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. The Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling. Instead, they made a silent protest. The players wore their red Clippers' shirts inside out to hide the team's logo.
During today's Game 4 showdown against the Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers silently protested team owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist remarks by dumping their shooting shirts during warmup and turning their warmup gear inside out to hide the team logo.

The team's action comes after an audio recording surfaced on TMZ of a man identified as Sterling, instructing his girlfriend not to bring black people to Clippers games.

The comments have been denounced by many, including Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and President Barack Obama.

The NBA is currently investigating the remarks. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called the comments "disturbing and offensive" and said Sterling would not attend today's game.

"It's just us, only us. We're all we got," Clippers star guard Chris Paul could be heard shouting to teammates before they ran out.

The Warriors' sellout crowd of 19,596, decked out in gold shirts, booed the Clippers — as they always do — during introductions.

Sterling's wife, Shelly, was sitting courtside across from the Clippers' bench. Commissioner Adam Silver had said Donald Sterling would not be at the game.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game that he would remain the only one to speak for the team on this, saying players want to remain focused on basketball. Even he, though, acknowledged that has not been easy since TMZ released the alleged recording of Sterling on Saturday.

"Our message is to play," Rivers said. "Our message is that we're going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do. And I think that's a good message. I really do. I think that's the message we're trying to send. And if we can pull this off all the way, I think that would be a terrific message."

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