Well, it seems as if the NBA’s new commissioner Adam Silver is exercising his authority and coming down hard. Beyond Donald Sterling and the Clippers losing a large majority of their endorsement deals, this comes as the ultimate insult to a man who has been pegged as a complete racist (even though that’s no secret).
In a press conference held today, Adam Silver says, “The central findings of the investigation are that the man who’s voice is on the recordings … is Mr. Sterling and that the hateful feelings are those of Mr. Sterling. The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply disturbing and alarming.”
In a monumental show of power, Adam Silver has issued the heaviest penalty allowed under the NBA’s private constitution and bylaws, which consisted of a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million dollar fine. Adam Silver has also said he will immediately begin to force Sterling to sell the team, as Sterling has admitted it was his voice on the recording and expressed no remorse for the remarks.
The $2.5 million dollar fine is the maximum that can be imposed, and Sterling cannot go to games, attend practices, make decisions regarding the team or attend NBA meetings. Silver has said the other NBA owners are expected to provide the three-quarters vote needed to force a sale.
Kevin Johnson, chairman of the National Basketball Players Association executive committee said, “When a hint of cancer is shows, you have to cut it out immediately, and I feel that’s where the players are today.”
There has been no comment from Sterling thus far. After losing your endorsements, getting fined for $2.5 million AND losing your girlfriend (even though he’s married), I know he must be feeling like: What’s next?
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