By: Tim Van Duyne
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came down with maximum punishment for Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, on Tuesday afternoon. Silver banned Sterling for life from the NBA and also fined Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed by the NBA’s constitution. The commissioner will also try and force Sterling to sell the L.A. Clippers.
I applaud the first-year commissioner Adam Silver for handing down the maximum punishment.
In case you have been under a rock the past couple of days and haven’t heard about the controversy in the NBA, here’s the full audio of Sterling’s racist rant courtesy of Deadspin.
In reaction to his girlfriend taking photos with Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp, Sterling said, “Ya it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that your associating with black people.”
Donald Sterling has been a notorious asshole for a longtime now. He’s had multiple lawsuits for discrimination with his L.A. housing units. It’s just now that the entire country has taken notice to his bigotry.
It’s a shame that Sterling decided to make these comments at this point in time with the Clippers in a playoff race. The Clippers organization has been an annual cellular-dweller, until three years ago when, commissioner at the time, David Stern gifted them Chris Paul.
With Doc Rivers at the helm the Clippers have become a title contender and now they’re in a heated, first-round battle with the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers need to regroup after this controversy and get back to just playing basketball.
Sterling thought he and the rest of the owners were the reason for this great league. He is dead wrong. The players and the fans make the NBA what it is.
Tonight the Clippers and Warriors play a pivotal game five in their best of seven series. It should be a great game and a great environment inside the Staples Center.
Lets get back to playing ball.