Donald Sterling is paying for the racist comments he was caught saying to girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano. On April 29, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference on the punishment — and he banned him for life from all off the NBA.
The Los Angeles Clippers owner since 1981, Donald Sterling, is not getting off easy. Adam Silver took the mic in New York City to make a strong statement, announcing that Sterling will never be able to attend another NBA event, and that he personally will be fined $2.5 million.
Donald Sterling Suspended Indefinitely
On April 29, the Clippers will return to the Staples Center for their first home game since the remarks by Sterling were leaked — and Sterling will not be there.
At the Hilton Hotel in New York City, Adam announced that Sterling is suspended “for life” from any Clippers games, events, or any other NBA events.
He added that he is personally “outraged” and will “urge” the Board of Governors to sell the team — they need a three quarter vote to do so. Adam cannot personally take the team away from him, as that is not in his job description, but did point out that the process of getting the team taken from Donald, would be beginning immediately. He also added that he thinks he will get that three quarter vote.
Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban responded to the decision right away, writing on Twitter, “I agree 100% with Commissioner Silvers findings and the actions taken against Donald Sterling.”
Clippers Coach Speaks out: ‘We Are All Doing Our Best’
Doc Rivers, L.A. Clippers head coach and senior VP of Basketball Operations issued a long statement about the “emotional” subject on April 28. Parts of the statement are below:
I would like to reiterate how disappointed I am in the comments attributed to [Donald Sterling] and I can’t even begin to tell you how upset I am and our players are. Today, I had a meeting with the members of our organization. When you are around all these people, you realize they are just as upset and embarrassed by the situation and it does not reflect who they really are.
We want to make the right decisions here. We’re doing our very best to try and do that. We know that fans are in a dilemma as well. We want them to cheer for their players and their team. It will always be their players and their team. From the fans that I have heard from, that’s how they feel. ‘This is my team. These are my players that I’m cheering for and that’s not going to change.’ I hope STAPLES Center is packed and people are cheering for the players. The players are now in the middle of this, and they have to deal with it.
We are all doing our best here. Our players are doing their best. There are a lot of people involved in this. From one man’s comments, a lot of people have been affected and the conversations that we’re all having do need to be had.”
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— Emily Longeretta