Houston Clippers changing name to Cyclones after Sterling remarks

By Gianna Caserta - Reporter

HOUSTON - After the news of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks, the Houston Clipper's AAU club basketball team has decided to change their name to the Houston Cyclones.

"Those comments hurt deeply, deeply," says Andrew Parker, Houston Cyclones owner.

Parker started the team in 2000 and took the name Clippers to motivate his players.

"When we started out, we were the worst team in the city and at that time they were the worst NBA team so we chose the Clippers," says Parker.

Both teams ended up getting a lot better. But now with the negative attention surrounding the L.A. Clippers, Parker has decided to take a stand and get rid of the Clippers name.

"Take a piece of black tape and put it across where it says Clippers," says Parker.

Even though they are known around the country as the Houston Clippers, Parker doesn't think his players will be affected by the name change.

"They just want to play, they will use any name right now, any name," says Parker.

Until they can afford new uniforms, they will play with these jerseys with a piece of tape across the front that reads Cyclones.

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