It is now NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's turn to speak.
After racist remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sparked a controversy that spread far beyond the world of sports, the NBA's response is highly anticipated. Silver is set to address the league's investigation into those alleged comments on Tuesday during a press conference at 2 p.m. ET in New York.
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Silver initially announced on Saturday that the NBA would be investigating the recording obtained by TMZ of a conversation in which Sterling allegedly told his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games or post photos of herself and African-Americans to her Instagram account. At that time, Silver spoke of "broad powers" for punishment allowed him under NBA bylaws but stressed the need for due process.
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“All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy, which is why I’m not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling,” Silver said in Memphis. “We will, however, move extraordinarily quickly in our investigation.”
After a silent pre-game protest by the Los Angeles Clippers before their game on Sunday, an event Sterling agreed not to attend, the NBA announced on Monday that there would be a press conference on Tuesday to address the findings of that investigation.
04/29/2014 2:37 PM EDT
Banned For Life
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Bans Donald Sterling For Life pic.twitter.com/pDbBcs7KHn— NBA (@NBA) April 29, 2014
04/29/2014 2:27 PM EDT
Question About Magic Johnson
Adam Silver: "Magic Johnson knows that he is always welcome as an owner in this league."
Among those groups, Magic Johnson and Guggenheim Partners will be front-and-center in pursuit of the Clippers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 29, 2014
04/29/2014 2:23 PM EDT
Per NBA release, "The fine money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) 4 years ago
04/29/2014 2:21 PM EDT
Silver Taking Questions
Silver says that whether or not the comments were made in private, they were made public and they represent Sterling's views.
04/29/2014 2:19 PM EDT
Sterling will also be fined $2.5 million and he says he'll "urge the board of governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team and will do everything ... to ensure it happens."
04/29/2014 2:17 PM EDT
Adam Silver says he has banned Donald Sterling for life.
04/29/2014 2:16 PM EDT
Adam Silver says the NBA has confirmed that it IS Donald Sterling's voice on the TMZ recording.
04/29/2014 2:07 PM EDT
Reports: Indefinite Suspension, Fine For Sterling
Shortly before Silver took the podium to begin his press conference, TMZ reported that Sterling would receive an indefinite suspension and a $5 million fine. NBC Nightly News subsequently reported the same punishment would be handed down. Both outlets cited unnamed sources.
04/29/2014 1:22 PM EDT
The NBA will hold a press conference tomorrow to make an announcement about its investigation involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling (1/2)— NBA (@NBA) 5 years ago