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Clippers release statement in support of Silver’s actions

Apr 29, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

Log on to the Clippers team Web page in the minutes after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued an immediate lifetime ban of owner Donald Sterling (not to mention a $2.5 million fine and an effort by the league to sell the team), this is what you saw.


That’s it. No links to click.

If you wonder why it happened so fast, just know the owner wasn’t completely loved within his own organization.

The Clippers also released this statement.

“We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins.”

It seems everyone is ready to move on (except likely Donald Sterling).

RELATED: Sterling fined $2.5 million, banned

  1. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Can he shut down the arena on his nights? I mean how hard can this guy go back at the NBA? I am sure all of this has been thought out by some of the best lawyers on the planet.

    • spursareold - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      The arena isn’t owned by him. They have a contract with the team, and he can no longer manage or oversee the team. His only avenue is to sue in court and fight against a document that he signed to become an owner.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      He doesn’t own the arena. He could stop paying rent, but then the NBA could easily remove him as owner for failing to meet his financial responsibilities.

      • spursareold - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        I don’t think he can even do that. The TEAM pays the rent, and he can no longer be involved in day to day operations.

  2. antistratfordian - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Heartache to heartache. We stand.

  3. daviddmsvcp - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    I hope he fights it. I think the punishment is not proportional to the act.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Tough titty

  4. bougin89 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    So if an owner has a lifetime ban does Adam Silver stand in as the acting owner? Kind of like Stern with the New Orleans Hornets?

    • spursareold - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      No. The organization just goes on without him. They have a GM and a front office in place and they will run the team without any imput from him.

      • bougin89 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Does Sterling get to say who is the President/GM of the team even though he isn’t suppose to be involved with the franchise?

        Does the current GM and front office get free reign then?

      • antistratfordian - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        That’s the idea, but how would the league enforce that? Are they going to tap his phone lines? Monitor his texts and instant messages? Tail his car?

        And what would they do if they found that he violated the ban? Ban him again?

        Sterling will still be in contact with his closest mates in the Clippers organization regardless of what the league says, so they really need to force a sale.

    • kinggw - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      He still owns the team. He just cant attend games, be involved in any basketball decisions, or any events that are affiliated with team and/or league.

      It’s like he owns a big paperweight. That’s what makes Silver decision so brilliant. They can’t make him sell, but they can make it so that all the benefits of owning a basketball team are gone.

      • bougin89 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        The NBA Board of Governors can make him sell. It will be a legal mess but they can vote and move in that direction.

  5. ranfan12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Clippers will now have new energy and proceed to go to the eastern semis

    • lowercasejay - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Lol, did Silver force them to switch conferences too?

      • ranfan12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        today is an off day for me lol

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        You and Donald Sterling, except for one thing: you’re not a racist pig.

  6. sdboltaction - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Being a racist stain like this dude is inexcusable, and that’s clearly what it is, racism. However, with that said, regardless of the range of punishment options available, we all knew this guy was going to get the full swingin’ might of the political correctness agenda thrown at him with the force of a million tons and this was going to happen exactly this way. Maybe it’s appropriate, maybe it is a little harsh… to each their own. But we knew this was going to happen…

    • kinggw - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      If you think the decision was based on political correctness and harsh, what would you have done as commissioner?

      • sdboltaction - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        I don’t know what I would have done. I really don’t know. I think racism is outdated and doesn’t have a place in society. And that’s any racism. Not just hating on blacks.

        But I also think there’s a lot of leeway in which forms of racism are tolerated and by which particular race. I believe Jay-Z is a racist, based on his own actions and his own words that you can find outlined in a myriad of different locations online by doing your homework. And that’s just one example of a racist being tolerated…. I’m not defending Sterling, I’m simply pointing out some very obvious hypocrisy.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      There’s political correctness, and then there’s saying that blacks are the enemy and that you wish your girlfriend could change the color of her skin.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        You dissect that well. No sarcasm intended. It’s just a shame more folks can’t.

      • jollyjoker2 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        exactly.. Some people think changing redskins or the white house or white fish or whatever with a color in its name. These folks are out to lunch. Hey, Hamilton or one of the prez on the currency owned slaves – lets get them off and put on suzan b Anthony.

  7. titansbro - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    So does the GM now fire himself & hire his replacement if the team starts to suck? It’s a just punishment, but I really can’t see how this can work legally without him selling the team.

  8. jollyjoker2 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    anyone want to take the over under in days when the apology comes out and the rally around?

    • mannyicey - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Silver said that the ban is done. There’s no going back.

  9. Jackson Scofield - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Site still there too though, just not at that link:

  10. nflofficeadmin - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Stern Sterling Silver!! Nice.

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