Silver steers NBA through first major crisis of tenure

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver made a strong statement on Tuesday, surpassing many experts' predictions by banning disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and saying the league will move to sell his team.

The Los Angeles Clippers' website, shortly after NBA commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban owner Donald Sterling for life
The Los Angeles Clippers' website, shortly after NBA commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban owner Donald Sterling for life

New NBA commissioner Adam Silver made a strong statement on Tuesday, surpassing many experts’ predictions by banning disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and saying the league will move to sell his team.

A recording emerged Saturday of Sterling allegedly making offensive comments about his girlfriend associating with African-Americans, in particular basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

Reaction from members of the media, basketball players, and other officials was swift and near unanimous in its praise for Silver’s decision, which also included a $2.5 million fine for Sterling. Three-quarters of the NBA’s owners must ratify stripping Sterling of the team.

Sports PR professionals also praised Silver’s performance at the press conference.

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