Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 29th 2014 Contents The Los Angeles Clippers had yesterday off, but
NBA boss Adam Silver likely didn t get that same
Facing the first real crisis of his short tenure as NBA
commissioner, Silver is under pressure to swiftly bring
some sort of resolution to the scandal surrounding
Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the racially charged
comments he allegedly made in a recorded conversation,
portions of which were released over the weekend by
Web sites TMZ and Deadspin.
The matter will not go away anytime soon, but the
players association is hoping Silver rules before the
Clippers play host to Golden State in a critical Game
5 of their knotted-up Western Conference first-round
series tonight. That means plenty of eyeballs will
remain on the commissioner s office, waiting to see
if any word is coming.
"This situation is a massive distraction for the league
right now," said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson,
the former NBA All-Star who is serving as an adviser
to the National Basketball Players Association while
the Sterling matter plays out. "It must be addressed
Silver s first priority is verifying Sterling s voice is
on the recording. From there, Silver s next move remains
unclear. He works for the owners---and so far that
group seems to have no sympathy for Sterling s latest
Among those who have spoken out publicly to con-
demn the alleged Sterling remarks: Washington s Ted
Leonsis, Miami s Micky Arison and perhaps most
notably, Charlotte s Michael Jordan, who won six NBA
titles as a player.
"I m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner
could hold such sickening and offensive views," Jordan
said in a statement released Sunday. "I m confident
that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and
take appropriate action quickly."
Silver started as commissioner February 1, replacing
the retired David Stern. Silver met with Kevin Johnson
on Sunday and heard five things that the players
union wants from the commissioner, that list includes:
---Sterling doesn t attend any NBA games for the
rest of the playoffs because of the "enormous
---A full account of past allegations of discrimination
by Sterling and why the league never sanctioned
---An explanation of the range of penalties the league
could bring against Sterling.
---Assurance the NBA and the union will be partners
in the investigation.
---A decisive ruling.
"He s got to come down hard," Hall of Fame player
Magic Johnson, who was referenced on the audio
recording, said Sunday on ABC.
The NBA constitution is not public, though it s
understood the commissioner s powers are broad when
it comes to dealing with matters deemed "prejudicial
or detrimental to the best interests of basketball." A
fine, a suspension, a demand for sensitivity training,
all those and more are surely at Silver s disposal.
Meanwhile, more audio may be coming. An
employee in the office of attorney Mac E Nehoray,
who represents the woman allegedly on the tape,
said the full recording lasts about an hour. The clips
released by TMZ and Deadspin are significantly
shorter than that.
The attorney s office also insists that the recording
is legitimate and that Sterling is the man on the tape.
Also on Sunday, the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People announced on Twit-
ter that "#DonaldSterling will not be receiving a life-
time achievement award from the LA Branch of the
NAACP." Sterling had been slated to receive the
honour on May 15 as part of the 100th anniversary
celebration of the group s Los Angeles chapter.
Some players feel for the magnitude of the task
Silver is facing.
Sterling has been the subject of many past con-
troversies, but this, particularly at playoff time and
with his own team a potential title contender, has
perhaps generated more outcry than the others com-
bined. Even President Barack Obama addressed the
issue Sunday at a news conference in Malaysia.
The next move will be made by Silver.
"This is a defining moment for the league," Kevin
Johnson said. "It s a defining moment for the com-
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 29, 2014
NEW YORK---The NBA has called a news confer-
ence today to make an announcement about the
investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner
The league says it will announce further details,
though it s not clear when those are coming.
Sterling is being investigated over allegations he
made racially charged comments in a recorded con-
versation with a woman. Portions of that conversation
were released over the weekend by TMZ and Dead-
The players union has asked Commissioner Adam
Silver to rule quickly, preferably before the Clippers
play host to Golden State in a critical Game 5 of their
knotted-up Western Conference first-round series
tonight. Silver has said the league would move quickly
on the matter. (AP)
coming today on Sterling
Silver's 1st crisis as commissioner has arrived
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