***Update*** The official announcement is in. Sterling has been banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million. The NBA is also hoping he’ll be forced to sell the Clippers in the near future.
The sports world is eagerly awaiting the NBA‘s announcement regarding Donald Sterling. Just three days after racist comments from the Los Angeles Clippers owner were released to the world via TMZ, he would have to face the music.
According to Larry Brown Sports, the music will reportedly come in the form of an indefinite suspension and a $5 million fine.
Many believe this will be the beginning of the end for Sterling in the NBA.
This whole incident has been a great first test for Commissioner Adam Silver. Just a couple months into his tenure he’s been pushed in a big way. We’ve never really seen anything quite like this before in any sports league. It was a unique and terrible situation that had to be dealt with in a serious manner.
Sterling has no place in the NBA or really any place as a public figure. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but his thoughts on African Americans don’t belong in the game of basketball. It’s time for Sterling to take his billions and ride off into the California sunset. Get out, no one wants you around and don’t let the door hit you in the backside on your way out.
As for the Clippers, they’ll try to get themselves together for tonight’s crucial game five. You know this ordeal has been a distraction on some level and I just hope the players can band together in the playoffs and not let Sterling bring them down.
If the Clippers can weather the storm in this opening round series I like their chances moving forward. But a game five defeat would be very bad, especially with one more trip to the Bay Area looming.
Either way, at least the franchise can start to move on from Sterling.