NBA commissioner Adam Silver took to the podium for a very brief press conference that sealed the fate of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. In less than five minutes, Silver told fans and viewers that he was sickened by the words of Sterling and gave him the biggest punishment meted out in NBA history. Prior to the Tuesday press conference, many including USA Today talked about what was expected and how important the NBA action was in the case of Donald Sterling.
Donald Sterling's punishment has been handed out and fans should be satisfied as it is the most extreme sanction placed on anyone involved in the NBA. Sterling is not allowed to have anything to do with the NBA ever again. He is banned from games, practices and any kind of events that involve the NBA. Additionally, he has been fined $2.5 million.
This is the heaviest punishment in the history of the NBA and there is more to come. Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers team but that can't stay the case for long. Sponsors and advertisers are quickly pulling their involvement with the team in the wake of the Sterling racism scandal. As far as the fate of the Clippers, it is unclear if the team will be sold or if it will just be dissolved and the team will cease to exist.
Donald Sterling was the NBA's most tenured owner and now he has been essentially banned from the NBA for life by commissioner Adam Silver. He is not even allowed to make business decisions or personnel decisions for the team.
As for the active Los Angeles Clippers team, they are to play out their contracts. They have not been given any sort of permission to break the terms in which they are bound but they certainly can ask for a trade or leave when the contract is up. Other NBA players assuredly won't make a move to play for the Clippers willingly until Donald Sterling is completely removed.
How do you feel about Adam Silver's announcement today? Has he done justice to the players and others who were affected negatively by the words and actions of Donald Sterling? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.