Matt Barnes shared his thoughts on the scandal involving the former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014.
Sterling made racist remarks that were eventually leaked to the press. As a result, he was forced to sell the team and was also banned from the NBA for life.
“It was just a crazy situation. It was unprecedented. It was arguably the biggest scandal in the history of basketball. And to have that happen at the beginning of the playoffs when we’re taking on a tough, young Warrior team, a team that after that season became one of the greatest dynasties of all-time, it was just tough.
Because at the time of the playoffs, the only thing that we focus on is our opponent. And day in, day out, the preparation and the execution and the adjustments we have to make. And then to have this thrown on our plates, nearly 36 hours before a game, was unbelievable,” Barnes said in an interview with CBS Sports’ James Herbert.
Barnes is one of the players featured in Quibi’s new documentary called “Blackballed”, which examines race in America through the lens of the Sterling saga.
Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, DeAndre Jordan and JJ Redick are also featured on the documentary.