Earlier today NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned from the NBA for life, and has also been fined 2.5 million dollars by the league. In addition, Silver is also urging Sterling to sell the team, and will do everything in his power to force him to, if he doesn’t comply.
The resounding, immediate question from reporters was what can be done to force Sterling’s hand, and Silver certainly had the answer. Silver is urging the owners around the league to exercise a 75 percent vote that would force Sterling to sell the team, and completely remove him from any association with the NBA. When asked if he thought the vote would pass Silver said that he absolutely thought he had the support he needed from owners around the league to oust Sterling from the league.
If any fans in Detroit were wondering, there is no doubt that Silver has the vote of Pistons owner Tom Gores. In a statement today, Gores said “I am proud of Adam Silver for providing the leadership and strength necessary in this situation. He has my full support.” We don’t know yet if there will be a vote, or if it will be made public, but we certainly know what side Pistons owner Tom Gores is on after his statement.
So the hammer has fallen swiftly on Donald Sterling for his racist remarks that were privately recorded, then made public over the weekend. But Adam Silver has proven he will also follow up on the issue. It seems as though Donald Sterling will indeed be forced to sell the Clippers, and completely sever his long-standing ties to the NBA.
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