NBA Commissioner Bans LA Clippers' Owner Donald Sterling for Life for Racist Remarks
By now, if you've not heard about Donald Sterling's, owner of the LA Clippers racist remarks, then you're living under a rock. There was a time when we would've never thought there could've been an African American President of The United States, but we've successfully crossed that hurdle. And though we've come a far way where race, segregation and discrimination is concerned, we still have enormous grounds to cover. However, knowing that people are less tolerant to such ignorance, gives me hope for the world that my children will inherit. An audio that was recorded on April 9th, of a heated argument between Donald Sterling and his then girlfriend was obtained and released by TMZ. On the recording Sterling made racist comments after learning his gilrfriend who is black and Mexican, posted an Instagram photo of her posing with Magic Johnson. The tape which is pretty lengthy outlines the following comments as transcribed by TMZ...
- "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?" (3:30)
-- "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games." (5:15)
-- "I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people." (7:45)
-- "...Don't put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games." (9:13)
Sterling after announcing and acknowledging that the voice on the tape is indeed his, on Tuesday was banned for life from the NBA by commissioner Silver. Sterling will also pay a $2.5 million fine, the largest amount possible under NBA's constitution. Adam Silver says he himself will personally oversee and ensure that Sterling is forced out as the owner and make room for a more responsible one. The decision was universally praised and came at a good time, as there was an anticipated protest at the arena, sponsors were distancing themselves, and the Clippers' team who is in the playoffs and fans were planning a potential boycott of Tuesday night's game.
The players, along with the coach states that they support and agree with the commissioner's decision. And while the team awaited the NBA's ruling their website made a strong and united statement - "WE ARE ONE." A sentiment that was strongly shared.