R&B singer Tank says he will not perform the national anthem at Tuesday’s Clippers game in Los Angeles in response to racially charged comments believed to have been made by the team’s owner, Donald Sterling.
“As an African-American man and artist, I must take a stand on this matter that is so deeply personal to me,” he said. “In light of the recent disturbing and offensive allegations, I cannot move forward with my scheduled appearance at Tuesday’s Los Angeles Clippers Game.”
Tank continued, “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.”
A firestorm began over the weekend with the release of audio recordings of a man identified as Sterling asking a girlfriend to stop being seen with black people.