Sterling Gets Lifetime Ban
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A quick decision and a powerful message.
Bobcats' owner Michael Jordan and other NBA stars are reacting to the league's lifetime ban for Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling.
It is the harshest penalty ever given by the NBA, and one of the stiffest in sports history.
"Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers' organization or the NBA," says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
Silver made it clear, there is no room for racism.
Clippers' owner Donald Sterling admits it is his voice on recordings, making racist remarks to his girlfriend.
Sterling gets a lifetime ban, a maximum fine of $2.5 million, and the NBA commissioner wants him to sell the team.
The NBA community seems happy with the decision.
"If I'm a player, there is no way I would want to work under those conditions for that man," says former NC State and NBA star Thurl Bailey.
"Today, the players believe the commissioner has done his duty," says Sacramento mayor, and former NBA player, Kevin Johnson.
Charlotte NAACP President Kojo Nantambu feels the message the NBA sent came through loud and clear.
"I would hope that because of what the commissioner did, that would send a message to other sports leaders, sports owners," says Nantambu.
Bobcats' owner Michael Jordan tells WCCB Charlotte he applauds the commissioner's swift and decisive decision, and says:
"He (Silver) sent a powerful message that there can be zero tolerance for racism and hatred in the NBA. I’m confident that the league, our players, and our fans will move on from this stronger and more unified."
The NBA says Donald Sterling's $2.5 million fine will go towards anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts picked by the league and the players association.