Getting banned for life and fined was always the inevitable result of Donald Sterling’s racist diatribe, but it was the way NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did it that really needs to be applauded.
Oprah is the latest to hop on board, CBS News confirms. Other household names have publicly declared interest in a stake, including rapper Dr. Dre and actor Matt Damon.
In a totally opposing and refreshing way, Silver went from wide-eyed newbie to avatar of justice. There’s a new sheriff in town, and an old, angry man on his way out.
The NBA can’t legislate thought. But it can do something about the thinkers who just don’t fit in with its goals or image. Adam Silver did that Tuesday, perfectly.
The rebuke, which came three days after the scandal broke, is the harshest penalty ever issued by the league and one of the stiffest punishments ever given to an owner in professional sports.
Count Knicks owner James Dolan as one who thinks the NBA got things right on Tuesday.
Kevin Harlan isn’t sure what we’ll see on the court from the Clippers on Tuesday night. But the TNT announcer knows what to expect elsewhere in and around Staples Center: security — and lots of it.
I’m sure Adam Silver and the NBA will do a great job and punish Sterling to the extent of their powers. But in the end they can’t give people what they want: the Clippers owner out of the league.
The Dallas Mavericks owner called Donald Sterling’s purported comments about minorities “abhorrent” while saying he didn’t think the NBA could force him out as owner of the Clippers.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is under pressure to swiftly bring some sort of resolution to the scandal surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the racially charged comments he allegedly made in a recorded conversation.
“She’s called the girlfriend from hell, but what he said was terrible and despicable and very strong action is going to be taken. There’s no question about it. She’s a terrible human being and he gave horrible answers and disgusting answers.”
Charles Barkley has said it’s not illegal to be a racist. He’s right. But we can’t have a person of Sterling’s power wielding his alleged worldview over the Clippers — or anywhere else in the NBA.
Word on the street is that the big cheeses at the NCAA and NBA have agreed on a new age requirement for playing pro ball. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who really doesn’t need the NCAA’s approval, is increasingly vocal on the matter.
The NBA is about the players, and nobody understood that better than commissioner David Stern, who is retiring Saturday after exactly 30 years on the job.
The change will take effect with this season’s finals after it was approved during the preseason board of governors meetings.