“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” Silver said. “Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clippers facility. He may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings or participating in any other league activity.”
“I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force the sale of the team,” Silver said. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens…I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners.”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 29, 2014
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2014
‘Standing ovation’ for Commissioner Silver. Big time decision standing up for the league and it’s players. Now, Gotta see it through
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 29, 2014
Former and current NBA players are very happy and satisfied with Commissioner Silver’s ruling.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014
Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 29, 2014
I agree 100% with Commissioner Silvers findings and the actions taken against Donald Sterling
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 29, 2014
Previously, a unified Clippers roster staged a protest against their owner by wearing their warmup t-shirts inside out, obscuring the Clippers logo, before the opening tip of game four of the Clippers’ first round matchup against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland this week.