WATCH: Matt Kemp Responds to Donald Sterling With New Walkup Music

  • Nicholas Persichilli
Matt Kemp attends a January 2014 game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards at the Staples Center (Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Kemp attends a January 2014 game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards at the Staples Center (Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea USA TODAY Sports)

I can only assume that because you’re reading a sports blog that you’ve all heard about the racist comments that Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling allegedly made to his former girlfriend regarding her association with African Americans. If not, check out Deadspin‘s coverage and listen to the comments for yourself.

Today we learned that Matt Kemp was mentioned during the racist tirade. Kemp responded in a truly awesome way today when he changed his walkup music to Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”. Check it out, originally found on Deadspin:

I honestly feel that Kemp handled the situation with a ton of class. The song unfortunately didn’t propel Kemp out of his early season funk, but he did get a hit in four at bats in the Dodgers’ 6-1 loss to the Rockies this afternoon.

It seriously blows my mind that the owner of a professional sports franchise in a predominately African American league who is dating a mixed race woman could have the audacity to even jokingly make these comments. I know that Sterling is not a young man, but this type of comment hasn’t really been acceptable for several decades (and in my opinion, never should have been acceptable in the first place). The late King of Pop proclaimed in 1991 that “it don’t matter if you’re black or white.” It still doesn’t, and never should have mattered.

Props to Kemp for his small act of defiance!

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