The Clippers have an immediate opening for a national anthem singer.

Tank, an R&B singer who was set to perform the national anthem on Tuesday, said that in light of the recent allegations against Clippers' owner Donald Sterling he would not be performing.

"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," he said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY Sports.

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"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."

Tank's comments were first reported by TMZ Sports. He joins numerous celebrities who have vowed to boycott Clippers games as long as Sterling is the team's owner.

The NBA has scheduled a press conference on Tuesday about the alleged recording.

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