One of the earliest public responses by a Clippers player following racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling didn’t involve a single word.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan posted a picture to his Instagram account Saturday morning that was simply a square black image. Jordan then tweeted the link to his more than 426,000 Twitter followers without adding any commentary.
The image seems to be similar to the blacked-out profile image that people used in support of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot to death in Florida by George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder but was acquitted last year in a case that highlighted charges of injustice in instances of white-on-black killings.
The NBA said Saturday that it is conducting an investigation after TMZ reported late Friday it had an audio recording that captures the Clippers owner making racist statements in the course of an argument with a friend.
A person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard in the recording, said to be made made earlier this month, telling a female friend, identified as V. Stiviano, that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
Jordan, in his sixth professional season, led the NBA with 15 rebounds a game during the regular season.
The Clippers resume their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday afternoon at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.