Silver's tone was perfect. His remarks were appropriate and substantive. The league's timing was ideal: not too rushed, yet not protracted. While Silver was spot-on, much of the subsequent commentary and analysis misses key points.
This week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver brought the hammer down on Donald Sterling over the LA Clippers owner's leaked racist rant, banning him from the NBA for life and pledging to force Sterling to sell the team. It wasn't just the harshness of Sterling's racism that shocked, but also the casualness. The resulting media firestorm reignited questions about the way the league had long turned a blind eye on Sterling's even-more-outrageous history of housing discrimination based on race -- and why the LA chapter of the NAACP was nevertheless on the verge of honoring Sterling with a lifetime achievement award. Meanwhile, on Thursday the Obama administration released a list of 55 higher education institutions under investigation for not adequately handling allegations of sexual assault. The scrutiny and transparency are good first steps but real progress would mean greatly reducing the assaults themselves. As Dr. King said, "The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause."
Professional sports owners are largely untouchable. But what happened this week with Clippers owner Donald Sterling proves that once an owner threatens the financial welfare of the league and the other owners, he's gotta go.
An African-American owner, or ownership group, of a team in the nation's second major media and sports market in the nation will be tantamount to an economic emancipation for black sports ownership.
Thinking about Donald Sterling, his life story, his success, his amassing of wealth, it cannot be a great surprise that he ended up where he did.
In the very least, today those who share Sterling's disdain for persons of color must do so very privately. You can no longer state your deeply held beliefs in the inferiority of other human beings. That does not mean, regretfully, that we have abolished racism.
The larger question now is how we as a society effectively respond to and punish philandering, racist, bully billionaires in a country where wealth and gender dictates politics and repercussions of onerous behavior.
It wasn't easy watching Chris Copeland ride the pine all season for the Pacers. After a few years playing abroad and briefly in the D-League, Cope landed with the Knicks partway through the 2012-2013 season and charmed the New York faithful.
I have long known these feelings to be irrational. I could bore you with stories from childhood and upbringing that would make them a little more understandable but they wouldn't make them any more excusable.
One of the major decisions Laker management will have to decide on is the price they're willing to pay to keep Pau wearing purple and gold. I'll try to list a few of the factors that the front office should be considering as they make their decision.
When we stand collectively -- when we are prepared to make a statement, when we stand in our convictions, when we replace fear with faith -- boycotts, a nonviolent way to resist evil, tend to work.
The NFL is a league that, unlike the NBA, allows allegations of racism to exist and actually justifies and explains it away.
The Washington Redskins and Chief Wahoo are not something said in private. They are as public as it gets. Millions of dollars are made each year by the sale of merchandise with these names and logos prominently appearing. Yet the leagues do nothing.
In the wake of the NBA's actions against LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the government will be using Minority Report-style precogs to preemptively...
Yesterday, I was both shocked and pleasantly surprised when I heard NBA Commissioner Adam Silver say he had decided to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterl...
The NBA took a very strong position, with a principled view toward what is right in the long run. There is no place in the NBA for racism -- unacceptable by any measure.