NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has spoken of his satisfaction at the league's decision to ban LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life after his racist comments.
The comments were caught on an audio tape by his girlfriend, and then published by website TMZ, leading to uproar across the NBA and demands for action.
Subsequently, the league has responded today with a firm decision to ban Sterling from any dealings with the Clippers.
In turn, Abdul-Jabbar spoke of his admiration for NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the decision he has made, while he added that the comments had forced him to miss sleep.
"Sorry if stutter during this, I haven't gotten much sleep in the last couple of days because this really bothered me," Abdul-Jabbar admitted at the NBA
"Adam Silver has been unbelievable. I'm so happy and proud of him. It's going to be a new day in this city [Los Angeles].
"I'm thrilled with the outcome. Most of the players I've spoken have said the same since I spoke to them after the press conference."
Sterling has also been fined $2.5 million, and the NBA will move swiftly to remove him from his position as the owner of the Clippers.
They can do that by gaining a three-quarter majority vote of the NBA owners in favor of removing Sterling from his position.