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Flyers’ Simmonds thinks NBA should force Sterling to sell Clippers

Philadelphia Flyers v Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates to the bench after getting a high stick to the face during the game against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on February 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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From CSN Philly:

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds says the NBA needs to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his club after the alleged racist remarks he uttered recently.

A native of Ontario, Simmonds is one of two black players on the Flyers. The other is goalie Ray Emery.

“Make him sell the team, get him out of there,” Simmonds said. “Obviously, basketball is predominantly a black sport. When you have an owner voicing his opinion that way. The coach [Doc Rivers] is black, probably a lot of people in management.

“I’ve heard he’s had people in management quit because of his opinions. Stuff like that. It’s really unfortunate. We live in a world like today where there should be no color. You judge a person by their inside and not by the way they look, their appearance. It just sucks the way it is right now.”

For more on the Donald Sterling story, head on over to ProBasketballTalk. We’re not going to pretend there’s no racism in hockey -- that would be insulting to all the players, from the amateur levels to the pros, who’ve been exposed to prejudice while “playing a predominantly white sport” -- but Sterling is the NBA’s problem, not the NHL’s, and we’ve got a pretty exciting first round of the playoffs to keep us busy, thanks.