To the delight of basketball fans and non-racist people everywhere, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver put the hammer down and banned Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers, for LIFE from the NBA. Buh-Bye, don't let the door hit you on your way out.
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From New York Daily News
The NBA has slam-dunked Donald Sterling.
In an historic move, an emotional Adam Silver banned the Clippers owner for life on Tuesday following the release of racist recordings that were, indeed, from the NBA’s longest-tenured owner.
“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling — for life,” Silver said.
“The hateful opinions voiced by that man are those of Mr. Sterling,” the NBA commissioner said in announcing the ban, the first of its kind in the four major American sports. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.”
. . . In addition to the lifetime ban — which bars Sterling from having any association with the NBA — Silver added that he will encourage the league’s other owners to invoke their power to vote in favor of forcing Sterling to sell the team. Additionally, he will be fined $2.5 million — the maximum allowed under the NBA constitution — and the funds will be distributed to anti-discrimination groups.
This comes after President Obama made a strong statement against Sterling while giving a press conference in Asia:
I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you, they kind of speak for themselves,” Obama said. “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything. You just let them talk. And that’s what happened here.”
Obama also expressed confidence the NBA would address the situation, and said the United States still wrestles with “the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.”
“Obviously, the NBA is a league that is beloved by fans all across the country,” Obama said. “It’s got an awful lot of African-American players. It’s steeped in African-American culture. And, I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this.”
#HammerDown #Avengers #Sterling #Silver #NBA #BannedForLife RT @leemeade77 @DukeOfZamunda pic.twitter.com/6UC1QzrVX5
— Jeanne K. (@SnarkAmendment) April 29, 2014
FOX News announces the new "Hannity and Sterling Show."— roadkillrefugee (@rkref) April 29, 2014
#SterlingMustGo Oddly, Fox is not carrying the presser. Shocking? No— jimchap (@jimchap) April 29, 2014
Ok, that obviates the need for a #Clippers boycott of #Sterling #BannedForLife #TwoAndAHalfMillion
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 29, 2014
B, #BannedForLife - #AdamSilver has ruled And crass #DonaldSterling is thoroughly schooled!
— cassandracarolina (@cassandra17lina) April 29, 2014
Aint nobody got time for that! Bye Bye Sterling. #bannedforlife
— Young & Reckless (@yngandreckless) April 29, 2014
Donald Sterling getting #BannedForLife is the NBA's way of crossing the streams.— Stay Puft (@staypuft) April 29, 2014
In CNN's perfect world Donald Sterling would pay off Cliven Bundy's federal debt & the two of them would ride off together to find the plane— stu stein (@thestustein) April 29, 2014