Sterling received a lifetime ban from all Clippers and NBA activities and a league maximum fine of $2.5 million following his despicable, racist remarks that were caught on tape late last week. Team owners from across the country will also be taking place in a vote to determine whether or not Sterling should be forced to sell the Clippers.
Silver assumed office as NBA commissioner on February 1 of this year, so the pressure he was under to make such a mammoth decision is undeniable. However, at the end of the day, it looks as if he’s been doing this for years.
Was serving cold justice to Sterling in such a harsh manner the right call by David Stern‘s successor? Absolutely. Sterling is allowed to say whatever he wants; freedom of speech is one of the many things that make this country so great. However, racism has no place in the NBA. It has no place anywhere, but the world we live in is not perfect.
Congratulations to the composed Silver for reaching such a strenuous resolution. There are not too many people who can remain cool, calm and collected through such challenging circumstances. Sterling’s narrow-minded comments were addressed in the right way and now he has to face the consequences.