Adam Silver addressed reporters at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
If you somehow haven’t heard, NBA commissioner Adam Silver brought the proverbial hammer down on Clippers owner Donald Sterling during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Silver banned Sterling from the Clippers and the NBA for life, in addition to levying a $2.5 million fine, the maximum amount possible under the NBA constitution. Silver also announced that he would strongly suggest the league’s Board of Governors act to force Silver to sell the team. The decision would require a vote from the NBA’s other 29 owners, a motion that Silver expressed with great confidence he believes would pass.
Per his lifetime ban, Sterling will be prohibited from attending NBA games and practices, in addition to participating in league activities, like owner’s meetings.
The punishment was immediately met with near-resounding support, as media members, players, owners and other NBA figures took to Twitter to express their thoughts.
Below is a sample of what some current and players around the league had to say:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 29, 2014
Applaud Adam Silver for his stance! #progress
— Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston) April 29, 2014
— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) April 29, 2014
Nothing but respect for commissioner Silver
— Ed Davis (@eddavis32) April 29, 2014
Thanks Mr. Silver #salute
— Vander Blue (@veezy_SQ) April 29, 2014
— Zach Randolph (@MacBo50) April 29, 2014
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) April 29, 2014
Adam Silver has spoken
— Ekpe Udoh (@EkpeUdoh) April 29, 2014
'Standing ovation' for Commissioner Silver. Big time decision standing up for the league and it's players. Now, Gotta see it through
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 29, 2014
Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 29, 2014
Proud of Commissioner Silver and what he did today! Respect him taking a strong stance on such an important issue #zerotolerance
— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) April 29, 2014
Good job commissioner silver clean up this stupidity in our society about race this will open up a lot of people's eyes I applaud u
— Gary Payton (@GaryPayton_20) April 29, 2014
Now the Clippers players and fans can concentrate on the game tonight against the Warriors with Commissioner Silver's decision.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014