I’m of two minds here…on the one hand, the NBA should definitely be applauded for its’ decision here; racism and bigotry have no place in polite society and Mr. Sterling’s comments were deeply offensive. On the other hand, given Mr. Sterling’s history of discrimination and discriminatory-related remarks, one has to wonder why it even came to this point.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued sweeping sanctions against Donald Sterling on Tuesday in response to controversial remarks about blacks purportedly made by Sterling. Silver said the Clippers owner was fined $2.5 million and was banned from any association with the team for life. Silver added that he would urge other owners to force a sale of the team.
Silver said the lifetime ban would stand regardless of whether Sterling was ultimately forced to sell the team he’s owned for 33 years. The commissioner said the NBA constitution allowed owners to eject Sterling if three-quarters of the owners voted in favor of such a move, and that he would commence the process of expulsion immediately.
“I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him,” said Silver, who appeared visibly agitated throughout his remarks.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted…
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