We can all breathe a small sigh of relief knowing that the Los Angeles Clippers owner has met with a strong punishment. Donald Sterling, revealed to have made several shockingly racist remarks in a recording broadcasted by TMZ, has encountered a
lifetime ban from the NBA, as well as a $2.5 million dollar fine. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has sent a message that there is no room for this kind of racism in the league. It is a victory, yes, but the weight of these comments still stings. I’m just happy to call this a bright new day for the NBA, after what has been a truly tragic week.
To continue an optimistic day for basketball, my hometown Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls to advance to the second round. Just an added plus to a basketball fan who has seen better days.
Comissioner Silver indicated that he will also encourage the board to force the Clippers to be sold out of Sterling’s hands. We can only hope that the motion goes through, and that the power of bigotry can be squashed by tolerance and justice.