A day in history and a lifetime ban for Donald Sterling
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver slammed the hammer on Donald Sterling, current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. – Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
Commissioner Silver put a lifetime ban from the NBA, a maximum $2.5 Million fee, and called on the 30 owners to vote out and force Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers. A 75% vote of owners to support Adam Silver and the NBA is required for any further action to sell the Clippers. He was also “Personally distraught” about Sterling and his views, sending his personal apologies to many legends including Magic Johnson, mentioned in Sterling’s recording.
After his announcement, support was overwhelming. Players, fans, owners, newscasters, sports enthusiasts chimed in. The NAACP also released a statement with their support for the decision. NAACP recently announced the nomination for Donald Sterling for their lifetime achievement award which they withdrew on Monday.
City Hall was opened to Kevin Johnson and the NBA Players Association (NBPA) to make their statements. They did by showing their support for the Commissioner and the NBA’s decision. Kevin Johnson then called Adam Silver “not only the owner’s commissioner but also the player’s commissioner”. Roger Mason the first Vice President of the NBPA who represents the players spoke about the issue. He made it clear that they were ready to boycott the rest of the games. Players around the league had the same notions and a boycott would have been the right move. There is a sense of urgency from the Commissioner and we have to give him a lot of credit for dealing with this in a professional manner.
SI-CNN-Michael McCann writes about the legalities of this issue as being not as simple as it seems. The owners need to vote out Sterling and need a 75% majority to do it. However, forcing Sterling to sell the Clippers will be nearly impossible. Sterling has already stated he’s not interested in selling the Clippers. They have a better chance of exiling the entire team and franchise from the NBA.