Earlier last week, an audio recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks and expressing his bigoted ideals was released. It went beyond racial slurs, as he exclaimed that there were certain rules to life: whites and blacks shouldn’t be associated with each other. It’s been no secret that Mr. Sterling has been pinned as a racist long before this, but the audio recording was shocking proof.
Today, in a press conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has announced that Donald Sterling will be banned from the Los Angeles Clippers organization for life and fined 2.5 million dollars (highest amount possible under the NBA constitution).
Many feared the league would act too softly when it came to punishing the man who has left a dark cloud over what should be basketball’s most joyous stretch of the year. Many are pleasantly surprised with Commissioner Silver and his strong decision, decidedly setting the tone that there is no place for racism in this league or in this world.