Earlier today, Adam Silver had a press conference to levy punishment on the findings of the NBA’s investigation against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling made waves throughout the league with his disgraceful racists comments aimed at African Americans that were recorded on tape.
Along with several current and former players commenting on Sterling’s actions, several teams banded together and wore black socks and wristbands as a silent protest against Sterling. The Clipper players went as far to throw their warmups at center court and wear their shirts inside out as a protest against their owner.
Many players had been calling for the league to impose max punishment against Sterling. The league came down hard on Sterling, handing him a $2.5 million fine and suspending him from the NBA for life. Silver also said he is pushing the NBA board of governors to make Sterling to sell the franchise.
Check out the reactions from the players, owners, and writers below:
I agree 100% with Commissioner Silvers findings and the actions taken against Donald Sterling
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 29, 2014
Nothing but respect for commissioner Silver
— Ed Davis (@eddavis32) April 29, 2014
Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014
— Kent Bazemore (@KentBazemore20) April 29, 2014
— Jodie Meeks (@Jmeeks20) April 29, 2014
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) April 29, 2014
Commissioner Silver….STRONG…way to take charge and protect our great league.
— THREE (@DwyaneWade) April 29, 2014
Commissioner Silver has made the right moves in response to this unfortunate absurd spectacle. #ZeroTolerance
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) April 29, 2014
Proud of the #NBA and their handling of the offensive comments made by Sterling. I'm honored to be joining this league and family.
— andrew wiggins (@22wiggins) April 29, 2014
Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) 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
I completely support NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decisive action on the Sterling issue. Great leadership and the league is in good hands.
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) April 29, 2014
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 29, 2014
Kudos to Adam Silver – that was such an important moment for the NBA (and for him, too) and he handled it spectacularly.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 29, 2014
Great job Adam.The @NBA is in good hands. You have my full support.
— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) April 29, 2014
Thank You, Commissioner Silver for doing precisely wanted NEEDED to be done. The message has been sent.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) April 29, 2014
Kareem says he's "just really thrilled" with Silver's decision. "He handled it the right way. It's going to be a new day here in this city."
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) April 29, 2014
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