NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has spoken: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned from the league for life after an investigation linked Sterling to recorded racist comments. He will be required to pay a $2.5 million fine, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA constitution.
“We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views,” Silver said at a press conference Tuesday. “They simply have no place in the NBA.”
Social media is already buzzing with people in support for the league’s decision, including Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen.
I completely support NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decisive action on the Sterling issue. Great leadership and the league is in good hands.— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) April 29, 2014
Currently, Adam Silver and #BannedForLife are trending in Portland. #DiddyBuyTheClippers is a rising national trend after rapper Sean Combs (also known as P. Diddy) said that he would be willing to buy the L.A. team on Twitter.
The Twitter account @donaldsterling has been suspended and the Clippers website loads with the message “We Are One.”
Even in Portland, local businesses have spoken out — Pizza Schmizza took NBA’s cue to ban Sterling as well:
BREAKING: Donald Sterling also banned for life from Pizza Schmizza.— Pizza Schmizza (@Schmizza) April 29, 2014
Opinions and reactions to Silver’s statement are definitely the hot topic on Twitter today.
But we compiled tweets about the NBA commissioner below because hash tags referencing Donald Sterling contained a lot of offensive language: