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.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Bans Donald Sterling For Life pic.twitter.com/pDbBcs7KHn— NBA (@NBA) April 29, 2014
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.
Current and former NBA players now know that in Commissioner Adam Silver we have a great leader leading our league.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014
RT @tracywolfson: Wizards staying at my hotel. Cheers just came from a room nearby after Silver made his announcement— Phil Taylor (@SI_PhilTaylor) April 29, 2014
Commissioner Silver....STRONG...way to take charge and protect our great league.— THREE (@DwyaneWade) April 29, 2014
Very proud of commissioner Silver for his leadership. Well done Adam!— grant hill (@realgranthill33) April 29, 2014
Sports PR professionals also praised Silver’s performance at the press conference.
Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 29, 2014
One point to make about press conference -- they took questions from everyone -- far and wide - harlem to hollywood #strongmove— Patrick Sandusky (@PatrickSandusky) April 29, 2014