Players welcome commissioner’s action against Sterling

Players welcome commissioner’s action against Sterling

Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, center, and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar embrace during a news conference outside City Hall in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after Johnson's comments on the decision by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from basketball for life in response to racist comments the league says Sterling made in a recorded conversation. Former NBA player Luke Walton applauds at rear right rear. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo


NEW YORK (AP) — Current and former NBA players are among those welcoming today’s decision by Commissioner Adam Silver to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.

Silver will now try to force Sterling to sell the team. And he’s fining Sterling $2.5 million, for racist comments he allegedly made in a recorded conversation — in which he’s heard apparently telling a female companion that she shouldn’t “broadcast” the fact that she’s “associating with black people.”

Former NBA star Magic Johnson, who is referenced in the taped conversation, says Silver “showed great leadership” in banning Sterling for life.

Current star LeBron James of the Miami Heat tweeted his thanks to Silver for protecting the NBA by taking the action against the Clippers owner. James called the commissioner a “great leader.”

As for the Clippers, the team’s website has a simple message that reads, “We are one.” The team issued a statement saying, “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today.” It said, “Now the healing process begins.”

Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, players’ representative, says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did all the right things in penalizing Donald Sterling.

Union: NBA players considered boycott before ban
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBA players strongly considered boycotting playoff games if Commissioner Adam Silver hadn’t ruled harshly against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Players’ union Vice President Roger Mason Jr. says he spoke to representatives from every playoff team about the possibility of boycotting games in solidarity against any ruling that didn’t include a mandate for Sterling to sell the Clippers.

The Clippers host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, but both teams were on board with a boycott.

Mason says the players are very happy with Silver’s decision to ban Sterling for life while urging the NBA’s board of governors to compel Sterling to sell the Clippers.

Mason also is confident the other NBA owners will vote to force Sterling to sell.
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