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NBA bans Clippers owner for life

May 2, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy

The basketball commissioner Adam Silver banned the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, from the sport for life and gave him a $2.5 million dollar fine for a racist comment recorded by his girlfriend.

The NBA is trying to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, the team he has owned since the 1980s.

Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, said Sterling is not “worthy” to be an owner, and that the players feel very strongly that he is not fit to be an owner and a part of the “NBA family.”

On the recording a man’s voice seems mad about a photo the woman posted to Instagram of her with African-Americans.  The man says he does not want the woman bringing any black people to games with her.

Adam Silver, American lawyer and the commissioner of the NBA, said, “Sterling admitted it was his voice on the recording, but expressed no remorse for the remarks”

TMZ posted the audio recording.  The audio text read, “in your lousy f****** Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with – walking with black people,” the man said.

“If it’s white people, it’s okay?” she responded. “If it was Larry Bird, would it make a difference?”

“I’ve known Magic Johnson well, and he should be admired…. I’m just saying that it’s too bad you can’t admire him privately,” the man on the recording said. “Admire him, bring him here, feed him,  . . ., but don’t put Magic on Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me.  And don’t bring him to my games.”

Noel Wylie, a student at BFA said, “I think the statement should’ve affected his job because, that’s racist, and he’s a coach for a basketball team.  He has all different players on his team, so he shouldn’t be racist.”

But Tommy Johnson, a student from BFA, disagreed somewhat with the ruling, “I believe he shouldn’t have to sell the team, but the NBA was right for banning him.”

Tommy also said that it was right for the NBA to give him the fine and ban him because the world is evolving and people should start accepting people for who they are.  Race should not be an issue.

Although Tommy disliked Sterling’s racist remarks, he concluded that, “it was wrong for that girl to record him and turn it in because what he says on his personal phone is his business, not ours.”

However, Noel felt differently, "It was right for the girl to turn the recording in because people need to know he’s racist.”

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