NEW YORK (AP) — Current and former NBA players are among those welcoming Tuesday’s decision by Commissioner Adam Silver to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.
Silver will now try to force Sterling to sell the team. And he’s fining Sterling $2.5 million, for racist comments he allegedly made in a recorded conversation — in which he’s heard apparently telling a female companion that she shouldn’t “broadcast” the fact that she’s “associating with black people.”
Former NBA star Magic Johnson, who is referenced in the taped conversation, says Silver “showed great leadership” in banning Sterling for life.
Current star LeBron James of the Miami Heat tweeted his thanks to Silver for protecting the NBA by taking the action against the Clippers owner. James called the commissioner a “great leader.”
As for the Clippers, the team’s website has a simple message that reads, “We are one.” The team issued a statement saying, “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today.” It said, “Now the healing process begins.”
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