‘Blackballed’ series examines Donald Sterling’s infamous, racist audio recording

It features Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, DeAndre Jordan, JJ Redick, and Adam Silver.

BlackballedSterling, an attorney and businessman who was the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball franchise of the National Basketball Association was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million after private recordings of him making racist comments were made public. Directed by Michael Jacobs, this documentary series that examines the cultural context of race in America through the lens of one of the most explosive events in recent sports history – the Donald Sterling expulsion.

The series highlights the five days during the 2014 NBA playoffs, when Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and the LA Clippers led an unprecedented movement of athletes to hold racism accountable.

When Sterling’s infamous, racist audio recording was leaked to the press in April 2014, every player, coach and employee of the Los Angeles Clippers was faced with the same question: How do you stand up in the face bigotry and ignorance when the entire world is watching and everything is on the line?

Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, DeAndre Jordan, JJ Redick, and Adam Silver along with some of the biggest names from the worlds of sports, politics, business and media, explain how they asserted their power, leading to the most definitive and unprecedented punishment in sports history.

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