Created: 04/29/2014 6:33 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
We could soon learn what the NBA plans to do with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
The league has called a Tuesday news conference to make an announcement about the investigation involving Sterling and those racially charged comments attributed to him. And the controversy is now hitting the Clippers in the pocket book as several corporations have pulled their advertising.
Sterling is being investigated over allegations he made racially charged comments in a recorded conversation with a woman. Portions of that conversation were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin.
The players' union has asked Commissioner Adam Silver to rule quickly, preferably before the Clippers play host to Golden State in the fifth game of their playoff series Tuesday night.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said in a conference call Monday that he opted out of a chance to speak with Sterling. Rivers also said that he believes Sterling made the comments.
Rivers says he believes "a very strong message" is coming from the NBA in response to the scandal, adding that "I can't tell you how upset I am."
The Miami Heat showed support for the Clippers' players and coaching staff before Monday's game in Charlotte.
Like the Clippers did on Sunday, the Heat ran out of the tunnel wearing their warmups, huddled at center court and tossed their white shooting T-shirts to the ground. They then went through their pregame routine with their red Heat warmup jerseys inside out, hiding the team's logo.