The NBA has stamped its foot on the throat of disgraced LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, as a result of racist remarks made by the 80-year old earlier in the week.
Caught on tape, Sterling was heard commenting on a situation in which his girlfriend had published photos of herself on Instagram with Lakers legend Magic Johnson. He expressed his distaste at her associating with African Americans, and implored her to not bring them to his games. The situation has snowballed, and become a world-wide headline, and another example of the racism that still exists today.
The NBA conducted an investigation into the tape, originally leaked by TMZ, and has responded swiftly, in an attempt to protect its players and fans from the backlash of racial controversy. Hundreds of former and current players have also spoken out about their feelings surrounding the situation, with Magic Johnson leading the charge.
This morning Commissioner Adam Silver, along with his associates, members of the NBPA and many players stood in front of the world, and made an example of this despicable man. Commissioner Silver banned him for life, from any association with the NBA, the Clippers or anything involved with basketball operations. He also banned him from practices, media ceremonies, and even games, effective immediately. The Commissioner also issued Sterling a $2.5 million fine, and expressed that the NBA and its owners will force him to sell the team.
In what could be described as his finest moment so far in his young career as Commissioner, Adam Silver defined himself as one for the people, and for equality not just in the NBA, but for the world. The NBA is the greatest sporting league on Earth, but today wasn’t about that. It was about making a statement, that we as human beings will not tolerate the archaic, misguided views of a select few who cannot accept the world as it is today.
Racism will still exist, and there is a long way to go before we can say it’s gone for good, but this league’s handling of the situation is a fine example of how we as human beings must approach these subjects. Open mindedness, coupled with our never-ending resolve to make right the wrongs of the world, and we will eventually prevail.
The world today is a better place for not having this man in a position to have an influence on it, and hopefully it sends a message loud and clear to the rest of the world that we are, indeed, one.
You can read the letter from Commissioner Silver to the fans below.