NBA ‘DEFINING MOMENT’: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS OWNER STERLING MUST GO
The News: The union that represents National Basketball Association players has demanded that Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling receive the “maximum” penalty for racist comments recently attributed to him, starting with a suspension for the remainder of the playoffs.
“The players are not going to sit on the sidelines and allow decisions to be made and sanctions to come down without weighing in,” Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player who is advising the NBA Players Association, said Sunday. “We believe that this is a defining moment for the league; it’s a defining moment for the [NBA] commissioner.”
Johnson said that if the remarks are confirmed to have come from Sterling, the players want the NBA to provide “a full accounting of the prior accusations of racism” made against the Clippers owner and reasons the NBA did not take action.