NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA for making racist comments on an audio recording released last Friday. Sterling was also fined the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution, which is $2.5 million. The money will be given to organizations focused on anti-discrimination.
Silver also said that he urges the Board of Governors to vote and exercise their right to force the sale of the team.
See some of the reaction from current and former players around the NBA:
Former and current NBA players are very happy and satisfied with Commissioner Silver’s ruling.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014 
Without struggle there is NO growth! Leadership has enormous responsibility and today we proved as unit we are extremely powerful! #Bonded 
— Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) April 29, 2014 
— Bismack Biyombo (@bismackbiyombo0) April 29, 2014 
— Tyreke Evans (@TyrekeEvans) April 29, 2014 
Good job commissioner silver clean up this stupidity in our society about race this will open up a lot of people’s eyes I applaud u
— Gary Payton (@GaryPayton_20) April 29, 2014 
Great job by Commissioner Adam Silver, showing true leadership, boldness, & intolerance in response to Donald Sterling’s alleged comments.
— DerekFisher (@derekfisher) April 29, 2014 
Job well done Adam silver!
— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) April 29, 2014 
Thank you Commissioner for protecting our League & what it stands for!
— Tyson Chandler (@tysonchandler) April 29, 2014 
Big ups to Adam Silver. I think this is a very appropriate way to handle this situation. Now it’s up to the owners to make him sell.
— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) April 29, 2014 
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) April 29, 2014 
Thanks to Adam Silver & NBA owners for standing up & making a prompt, just decision. No place for racism in basketball or anywhere in 2014.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) April 29, 2014 
I fully support commissioner Silver’s decision. There is no place in our league or our society for racism.
— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) April 29, 2014 
Thank You Mr. Silver!!!
— Tim Hardaway Jr (@T_HardJR) April 29, 2014 
I commend commissioner Adam Silver for making the right move. Players it’s time for us to come together and change the league. #NBA 
— Terrence Ross (@T_DotFlight31) 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 
Thanks for having our back Mr. Silver #Respect 
— Ray McCallum (@RayMac3) April 29, 2014 
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 28, 2014 
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) April 29, 2014 
Very proud of commissioner Silver for his leadership. Well done Adam!
— grant hill (@realgranthill33) April 29, 2014 
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 29, 2014 
Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 29, 2014 
Now let’s hope that the other 29 owners do the right thing.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014