Current & Former Players React To Donald Sterling's Ban From The NBA

The NBA acted swiftly and decisively in dealing with Donald Sterling. Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling is banned for life and would be pressured to sell the L.A. Clippers after racist audio of him speaking with a former girlfriend surfaced.

It was great news for current and former players who were hoping for a quick resolution to the problem. Many of them headed to Twitter to share their feelings.

"Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life,: Magic Johnson wrote. "Former and current NBA players are very happy and satisfied with Commissioner Silver's ruling. Now the Clippers players and fans can concentrate on the game tonight against the Warriors with Commissioner Silver's decision. Current and former NBA players now know that in Commissioner Adam Silver we have a great leader leading our league. Now let's hope that the other 29 owners do the right thing. The people who I'm happiest for are Coach Doc Rivers, the Clippers players and fans. I wish I was in LA, I would be at the Clipper game tonight!"

Other shared similar sentiments.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers released a statement via NBA.com

“I would like to reiterate how disappointed I am in the comments attributed to [Donald Sterling] and I can’t even begin to tell you how upset I am and our players are. Today, I had a meeting with the members of our organization. When you are around all these people, you realize they are just as upset and embarrassed by the situation and it does not reflect who they really are. That was what I got from all of them. They are now a part of this and they are upset at this. But, they are all going to hang in there and so are we - I can tell you that as a group and as a team. From our fans’ standpoint, I want to say that they have been amazing, I can tell you that. We need unbelievable support right now from other people and I’m hoping we get that. My hope is that whatever the fans do, it is as one. I think that is what we all should do.

“We want to make the right decisions here. We’re doing our very best to try and do that. We know that fans are in a dilemma as well. We want them to cheer for their players and their team. It will always be their players and their team. From the fans that I have heard from, that’s how they feel. ‘This is my team. These are my players that I’m cheering for and that’s not going to change.’ I hope STAPLES Center is packed and people are cheering for the players. The players are now in the middle of this, and they have to deal with it.

“We are all trying to figure out everything as it goes and just do our best and we hope that it is the right answer. I’m still going to do my best and do what I think is best for the team and for everybody in this case. It is very difficult because there are so many emotions in this. This is a very emotional subject, this is personal.

“My belief is that the longer we keep winning, the more we talk about this. I believe that is good. If we want to make a statement - I believe that is how we have to do it. I think that is the right way to do it, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t wrestle with it every day and every moment. That is the difficult part.

“We are all doing our best here. Our players are doing their best. There are a lot of people involved in this. From one man’s comments, a lot of people have been affected and the conversations that we’re all having do need to be had.”





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Comment by SMP on May 1, 2014 at 3:31pm
Well done NBA
Comment by T.T.S. on April 30, 2014 at 1:19am
Dwight Howard's response was the best of all.
Comment by T.T.S. on April 30, 2014 at 1:17am
F*ck Sterling. He was stupid enough to trust an ugly, evil chick and got his own views on the world out there in the public now. Now all the race hustlers have something to talk about for the next weeks/months. SMH
F@ck Kenny Smith and Magic too, and all those especially b*tthurt mofos who thinks that now they 'run the show', talking all greasy, happy that somebody has been banned for life. This is supposed to be a sad occasion, gloating is not cool either. I'm also willing to bet most of them says racial sh*t about whites/latinos/east asians etc. almost every day in private conversations. Would be interesting to see if this was a BLACK person talking all this ethnic/racial nonsense which Sterling did, would he be banned for life? I hope the answer to that is a 'yes'.
Comment by R.E. Dykes Sr on April 30, 2014 at 12:00am
yes
Comment by Sizzurpurple on April 29, 2014 at 9:31pm
I swear Doc Rivers cherishes his hairline
Comment by fan123 on April 29, 2014 at 8:59pm
Jus P you speak the truth.
Comment by Jus P on April 29, 2014 at 8:02pm
These hoes ain't loyal.
Comment by Jus P on April 29, 2014 at 8:01pm
So NBA is banning him for having his own opinion and speaking privately to his supposedly "girlfriend." I laugh at our country. We have a double standard on everything. We call each other n***** everyday. We killing each other in the streets everyday. Now you n***** want to unite to ban someone for speaking there mind and cuts your checks. I'm not winning a championship for him, I am winning one for me. White man always going have there opinion. But remember it's just an opinion.



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