Hit the Road, Donald! Clippers Owner Ejected from the NBA

Basketball — By on April 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM


EJECTED! The newly appointed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was swift and stern with justice against the Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The official verdict:

  1. Donald Sterling is banned for life from Clippers organization.
  2. Fined $2.5 million – maximum allowed under ‪#‎NBA‬ constitution.
  3. Encouraging the Board of Governors to force a sale of the Clippers.

Silver also said that, “we will urge the Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the team.” Questions from the audience were general, but some asked about Magic Johnson’s potential ownership in particular. Magic tweeted his opinion of the verdict.

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, weighed in on the punishment on Twitter. Earlier, he was clear that this verdict could be a “slippery slope” but he seems to be fully behind this finding.

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  1. Terrance says:

    The public demanded swift, decisive action. They got it in spades.

    No pun intended. REALLY.

    Adam Silver took a chapter out of one of my favorite books called “The Mafia Manager” in dealing with this situation. My favorite axiom in the book is, if you must teach a lesson to a subordinate, teach it with such aggression that no one else will contemplate a similar action. Silver, being the new boss and all followed that example TO THE LETTER. Niccolo Machiavelli would be proud.
    That message is this: whatever racist rumblings that owners, GMs, coaches may have, it’s about business here. The playing field is level hardwood. No one is above reproach in your personal discrimination. Zero tolerance has been set. Say the n-word if you wanna, you’ll be unemployed before you can say, “My Bad..”

  2. Mia Jackson says:

    What a great analogy. You’re definitely right about one thing, the game is the bigger than anyone’s wallet. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Cynthia Nwajei says:

    It was long over due, Silver made the right decision. The slum lord is gone.

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