In his first big act as NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver laid down the law as to what type of chief he would be with the massive sanctions that he thrust upon racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Silver banned Sterling from the NBA and all activities for life, fined him $2.5 million dollars - the maximum allowed, and has called a vote for the other franchise owners to vote him out of his position.
Following all the sanctions, Silver took time out to pen a letter to all NBA fans to discuss what he had done.
And in the piece, Silver states his thanks to Chris Paul and Doc Rivers - the Clippers star and head coach respectively - while also outlining how deeply disgraceful Sterling's comments are and how they have no place in his NBA.
This afternoon I announced that, following the completion of a thorough investigation into an audio recording obtained by TMZ, I banned Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA, effective immediately. Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.
I also fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution. These funds will be donated to charitable organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and its Players Association.
The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and hurtful. I am extremely proud of this great league’s diverse, respectful and inclusive culture, and we will not allow one individual’s intolerant views to define us. Let me be clear: Mr. Sterling’s views have no place in the NBA.
This has been a painful episode for all members of the NBA family. I very much appreciate your understanding during this process. I also want to express my thanks and admiration to Coach Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, and the entire Clippers organization for their professionalism throughout this matter, and to Chris and Mayor Kevin Johnson for their leadership and partnership on behalf of the Players Association.
And now I am eager to turn the spotlight back where it belongs: on the game we all love and on these thrilling playoffs, which have been some of the most exciting basketball I’ve seen in my 22 years with the league.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the playoffs and The Finals.