Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers will cease working for the franchise after this season if Donald Sterling remains in control of the Clippers, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports. From Adrian Wojnarowski:
Rivers will never return as president and coach under Sterling, sources told Yahoo Sports, and that'll start the beginning of a player mutiny that could result with several top Clippers also demanding out of the franchise.
Sterling, who has owned the Clippers since 1981, is accused of making racist comments on an audio recording leaked to TMZ over the weekend. On the record, Rivers has not committed to answering questions about whether or not he will return to the franchise next season.
“I don’t want to answer that question,’’ Rivers told the media. “I don’t know. This just happened.’’
On Monday, Rivers declined Sterling’s attempt to speak with him and explain the situation. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has a 2 p.m. news conference Tuesday in which he is expected to announce some kind of sanctions against Sterling. The Clippers will host Game 5 of their first-round playoff series vs. the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night.