According to the Canadian Press, Canadian basketball star and Olympian Steve Nash of Victoria, British Columbia had high praise for National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA on Tuesday. Nash, who was representing current NBA players, spoke alongside former NBA stars Kevin Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at a press conference this afternoon in Los Angeles.
Sterling, who has been the owner of the Clippers since 1981, was banned from the NBA today for making racist comments to his girlfriend in an audio recording. According to CNN, Sterling becomes the second person banned from a major American sports league, following Pete Rose who admittedly bet on baseball.
Something that was evident on Tuesday was how united the players and Silver were on the issue, and how important it was for them that Sterling no longer be involved in any capacity in the NBA. The owners will now privately vote on a motion to force Sterling to sell his stake of the team. If 75% support the motion, Sterling will be forced to sell the Clippers.
The Clippers meanwhile are tied at two in the Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Golden State Warriors with game five slated for Los Angeles at the Staples Center this evening. The Sterling controversy seemed to be a major distraction for the Clippers in game four as the Warriors easily won 118-97.
There have been rumors that basketball legend Magic Johnson has shown some interest in buying the Clippers. Johnson already owns Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.
The presence of Nash on Tuesday strengthens his presence as a humanitarian icon. Through his foundation, Nash has traveled the world to promote human rights. He has made a significant difference in Uganda, Paraguay, China, Canada and the United States.