Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA held a press conference today to discuss Donald Sterling and his recorded racist remarks. Much of the NBA — owners, coaches, players alike — has spoken out against Sterling, claiming what he said was wrong and that action needed to be taken.
Silver and the NBA banned Sterling for life today while also fining him $2.5 million, which will be donated to anti-discrimination organizations. Sterling’s punishment will likely push him towards selling the team as he is not allowed to attend games, practices, any Los Angeles Clippers events, be involved in personnel decisions, or participate in the NBA Board of Governors meetings.
The New York Knicks and James Dolan have remained quiet on the issue, but Dolan released a statement today:
“I have been in touch with the NBA and fully support Commissioner Silver’s decision. I applaud Adam for acting quickly and decisively in appropriately addressing these disgusting and offensive comments. This kind of behavior has no place in basketball, or anywhere else, and we as a league must stand together in condemning this ignorance.”
Props to Dolan, who obviously needed to come forward for PR purposes, but also for issuing a classy statement. Dolan, for all his faults, doesn’t seem like someone (to my knowledge) that would share the same terrible feelings and beliefs that Sterling is being punished for.
So far, 2014 James Dolan continues to be publicly aware and good with the media.