Over the past few days, we’ve learned what a despicable human being Donald Sterling is. Sterling’s racially-tinged and outright racist comments both alleged and on the record have dominated the news cycle for the past few days, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver dealt with the situation yesterday afternoon.
Silver, who became the NBA’s top executive in February, fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him indefinitely from “any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team,” according to Yahoo Sports.
The 2.5 million isn’t likely to faze a man that’s worth a billion, but the lifetime ban will take Sterling away from the limelight he has craved as one of the worst owners in sports.
While the late Jerry Buss and the Lakers dominated the NBA, Sterling’s Clippers were the laughingstock on the other side of town. Placed on third base by the NBA by receiving Chris Paul in a controversial trade override, Sterling only recently has seen his fortunes change.
Perhaps that’s why he used to get away with harboring views more at home in 1954 than 2014. They are views certainly that have no place in any society let alone the National Basketball Association.
I’m sure this isn’t over. It’s not like the NBA didn’t know about his racist comments in the past. At the time, the league chose to ignore it, but Silver’s stance and his heavy hammer of what essentially seems like a lifetime ban sends notice to that the NBA won’t tolerate racism. The line has been drawn.