At least not yet. Silver said “All members of the NBA Family should be afforded due process”. He promised to move extraordinarily quickly and plans to have the investigation wrapped up in a few days. The question becomes is wrapping an issue like this up in a few days what’s best for the league? Allegations of this magnitude need a thorough investigation not a wrist slap.
Sterling of course is in a major controversy over remarks he allegedly made in a phone call with his girlfriend. Racist comments at that. Earlier today we posted an article describing what Sterling’s conversation included. The Clippers owner will not be attending Game Four of his team’s playoff series.
The Clippers issued a statement: “Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings.” However, this does fly flat in the face of the race issues that Donald had in the past. He has refused to rent properties to African-Americans in the past, and has been sued by Elgin Baylor over age and race related employment discrimination.
Former Boston Celtics and current Clippers coach commented on the matter saying “that every player regardless of race were upset with the racially charged comments” This is how all players and fans should be reacting. Race issues should be a thing of the past, unfortunately old habits die hard. If our fore-fathers truly believed that all men are created equally, than Donald Sterling should take a look in the mirror and understand that there is no room for such comments.
The Clippers need to ban together as a team, to avoid this distraction. The team thought of boycotting their next playoff game, but the idea was shot down. The players and coaches should not be held accountable for the remarks of their owner. The distraction will put the team to a test that they should not have had to deal with.
Silver who took over in February for former commissioner David Stern, who turned a blind eye on Sterling for years upon years. Silver and the NBA can finally put this in the past if they do the right thing and force Sterling to move on from the team. Times like these put a commissioner to a test. We shall see soon if Silver can make the difficult choice that he must make, if the tape is of Sterling.
CLNS Radio will continue to cover this situation as it unfolds