I will never understand what Doc Rivers is going through. I don’t know what it will feel like to have an owner like Donald Sterling. I won’t try to understand.
If this does happen and Sterling is still around, I applaud Rivers for taking this stand. It may just be a way to force action, but it’s a powerful statement.
Adam Silver dropped the hammer.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has handed out the following punishment to Donald Sterling for his racist remarks.
- Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA
- Sterling is fined the maximum $2.5 million — in which the money will be used to help organizations against anti-discrimination
- The board of governors will force Sterling to sell the team
This was the harshest punishment and it was the right one. Sterling admitted that the voice in the recording is his and Silver says Sterling did not express anything else following.
The forced sale requires at least a 3/4 vote of approval to remove him. Silver says he expects the owners will remove Sterling. If sold, the team could be sold for close to $1 billion.
Silver also said he is not considering the idea of making all Clippers free agents at the end of the season. Of course, this is on the notion that Sterling would not be the owner of the team by then.
What do the Clippers do to protest Donald Sterling’s racist remarks? Take off the shooting shirts that represent the team name and dump them on the floor.
The Clippers did just that and practiced with their shirts inside out, showing solidarity with each other with the blank shirts.
During the game, the team is also wearing black armbands and black socks.
Strong silent protest. Perfectly done.
Donald Sterling doesn’t want black people to show up to his Clippers games.
If the above audio is truly of Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend, then we got a huge problem. Claims of Sterling telling his girlfriend not to publicly share photos with black people, including Magic Johnson, is confusing in a world where such actions are normal. But Sterling still lives in a privileged world where he feels he’s above everyone.
Having listened to the audio last night, I felt like punching my computer. It was hateful, it was hurtful. How can a man feel that taking a photo with a man of a different race was a bad thing? Does he not realize there are a ton of fans that are black? And oh yeah, his team has black players and coaches.
But the problem we have with Sterling is that not only has he been a sub par owner, but he’s been an owner with hate in his heart. What about black people does he find so disgusting that he wants no association with? Why does he feel this way?