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Reaction to the decision to ban Donald Sterling


"I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's swift and decisive response today. He sent a powerful message that there can be zero tolerance for racism and hatred in the NBA. I'm confident that the league, our players and our fans will move on from this stronger and more unified."

Former NBA great and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan

"Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!"

NBA analyst and former Orlando Magic star Shaquille O'Neal, on Twitter

"What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn't just his racism. I'm bothered that everyone acts as if it's a huge surprise. All this stuff … has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That's the smoking gun? He was discriminating against black and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing. It was public record. We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn't want his girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram and we bring out the torches and rope. Shouldn't we have all called for his resignation back then? … So, if we're all going to be outraged, let's be outraged that we weren't more outraged when his racism was first evident."

Former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in an editorial for

"Adam Silver just killed off the Frankenstein monster that his mentor David Stern (Silver's predecessor as NBA commissioner) helped create, and everyone will line up now to give their "attaboys" to the rookie commissioner. … But really, this was no time and place for the NBA to be doing any end zone dances. In fact, the league should be ashamed that it ignored Sterling's long history of racist and offensive conduct before doing what any right-minded observer knew had to be done as soon as he or she heard the owner unplugged over the weekend. … David Stern never had a problem punishing his players for saying or tweeting remarks deemed offensive. Really, David? Donald Sterling had been saying insensitive and derogatory things for years, and what exactly did you do about it?"

Ian O'Connor,

"Donald Sterling began his professional life as a personal injury and divorce lawyer, and he is no stranger to taking on cases that other attorneys would find too distasteful to touch. He has created just such a case for himself in the matter of Sterling v. World, the upshot of a recorded conversation between Sterling and his multiracial mistress in which the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a noted employer of African-Americans, reveals that he's really not all that fond of black folks."

Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Commissioner Silver has made the right moves in response to this unfortunate absurd spectacle."

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Twitter

"Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!! Great leader!! #BiggerThanBasketball #StriveForGreatness"

NBA MVP LeBron James on Twitter

"We are whole-heartedly behind Adam's recommendation (to oust Sterling) and plan to vote accordingly."

Orlando Magic chairman Dan DeVos

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Reaction to the decision to ban Donald Sterling 04/29/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:32pm]
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