Blake Griffin has revealed that he never wanted to protest against Donald Sterling when news broke of the then LA Clippers owner's racist comments.
Speaking in an in-depth interview with GQ magazine, the Clippers star openly discussed the saga which broke just as the franchise were looking to progress in the 2014 NBA playoffs against the Golden State Warriors:
"We were trying to come up with a plan," explained Griffin when discussing the run up to the Clippers-Warriors game which ultimately saw Griffin and his teammates turn their warm up jersey's inside out as a sign of protest against Sterling.
"Some guys wanted to do something. Some guys didn't want to. I was one of the guys - and I don't know, I might catch flak for this - I was one of the guys who didn't want to do anything."
But don't get the 2014 All-Star wrong, his disinterest in making a visible stand against the disgraced owner by no means meant he condoned his actions.
"I didn't want to give this one incident the power that it doesn't deserve... I had just watched the Jackie Robinson movie and watched how he dealt with it.
"I just felt like the best way to respond to something like that is just to go out and do what we do and not let it affect us. Because we're the ones that get affected, not anybody else. But I completely understood why guys did want to do something. I was just kind of one of the ones that was like, 'Let's just play basketball'."
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Blake Griffin of course did join his Clippers teammates in showing their dissatisfaction with Donald Sterling that night - a stance that was echoed by many other players across the NBA in a great show of support from the league.
Sterling of course was fined and banned from the league before finally being ousted as LA Clippers owner recently after a long running legal battle.
Some of Griffin's teammates such as Chris Paul, as well as head coach Doc Rivers, had stated they were willing to sit out the 2014/15 season should Sterling remain in charge but thankfully the Los Angeles franchise are now looking forward to building on an impressive 2013/14 campaign under new owner Steve Ballmer.
And Blake Griffin will certainly be hoping that Ballmer is as far removed from Donald Sterling as possible judging by the NBA star's stories on the 81-year-old.
From early warning signs and weird parties to girls appearing in the Clippers locker room Griffin goes into detail about his relationship with the former owner in the extended piece which can be found here.
It is interesting though that the dunk-specialist wasn't keen to give his former boss any unnecessary air time when the audio footage emerged and his intense focus on the game is clear for all to see:
"I was getting texts, like, 'What are you guys gonna do?', said Griffin when recalling the Warriors game that the Clippers lost 118-97.
"Y'all should do this." "Y'all should do that." And I think we let all that just come in and cloud our—our coach calls it our box. Like, "Don't let anybody into your box." You know, just do your same routine. There's gonna be friends, family, especially playoffs; don't let anybody into your box before the game. And I think we let people into our box.
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