ESPN Co-Host: NBA Boycott Should Still Be Very Much on the Table

May 5, 2014 - 2:25 PM

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Members of the Los Angeles Clippers made a silent protest during Game 4 of the NBA playoffs, wearing their red Clippers' warmup shirts inside out to hide the team's logo. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

( – ESPN’s Jemele Hill, co-host of “Numbers Never Lie,” said on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” show Sunday that an NBA boycott should “still be very much on the table” if Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is still the team owner when the new season starts.

“What I want to know is, are they capable of sustained anger, because … this is not over. Donald Sterling may very well be the owner when the new season begins in 2014, so what are you gonna do now?” Hill said.

As previously reported, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life from attending any games, practices, making personnel decision -even from the Clippers’ facility itself. Sterling was also barred from taking part in the NBA Board of Governors meetings or other league activity.

Silver called on the Board of Governors to force the sale of the team, but on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti predicted that Sterling would not give up so easily without a fight.

“He thinks he’s going to be the owner for a long time,” said Garcetti, who had spoken to Sterling several days ago.

Hill told MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry that if Sterling fights the sale of the team, players should be prepared to boycott, something that won’t be easy, because there will be more at stake.

“It's very convenient to take a stand when you have everyone with you. It's much harder when you're on that alone. And then there's gonna be more at stake,” said Hill.

“Then you're talking about more games. Then you're talking about jeopardizing a whole season. Then you're talking about a whole league, so I think boycotting should still be very much on the table,” she said.