Tank Refuses to Perform National Anthem for The Clippers

Tank Refuses to Perform National Anthem for The Clippers

While the Los Angeles Clippers are still figuring out the best way to proceed following Donald Sterling’s “alleged” racist remarks, Tank is taking matters into his own hands.

The R&B singer was scheduled to perform the national anthem at the Staples Center this Tuesday – as the Clippers take on the Golden State Warrior for Game 5 of their playoff series – but has since cancelled. In a statement to USA TODAY Sports, Tank explained the reasoning for his decision:

“As an African-American man and artist, I must take a stand on this matter that is so deeply personal to me. In light of the recent disturbing and offensive allegations, I cannot move forward with my scheduled appearance at Tuesday’s Los Angeles Clippers Game. This is a very serious issue, and my decision was not made lightly. Although I appreciate the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the game, I cannot associate my brand with an owner or event where African-Americans and other minorities are not welcome. I have confidence the NBA will take action and resolve the situation, and at which time I look forward to watching a sport and a team I so deeply love.”

While Tank’s decision may not bear the same financial repercussions Clippers players are facing should they choose not to show up on Tuesday, it’s a strong statement and sets precedent for his peers debating on where their allegiance lies with the team.