Since Donald Sterling’s comments were released this past weekend, nearly everyone in the basketball world and beyond have offered their opinion on the matter. The Lakers owners, specifically Jeanie Buss, offered their own viewpoint through a statement released on the Lakers website.
“The comments and sentiments expressed on the tape are reprehensible and disturbing, and certainly are the opposite of how the Lakers feel about the league’s players and fans. I have full confidence that Adam Silver and the NBA will handle this situation appropriately.”
Buss’ comments on the situation mirror those of everyone within and outside the league. Kobe Bryant offered his two cents earlier in the weekend.
I couldn't play for him
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 26, 2014
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 28, 2014
After such a frustrating and trying instance, it’s incredibly refreshing to see the league stand up as one and unite against racism. It was well-documented that the Clippers players dumped their warmups at mid-court prior to their game Sunday, but the Heat matched that sentiment prior to their game Monday night against the Bobcats.
Earlier in the day, Magic Johnson was rumored to be an interested suitor in purchasing the Clippers. However, that rumor was also shot down in a tweet from Magic himself this evening.
As is, there is yet to be a decision made on the situation, with a press conference set for 2 PM on Tuesday to release the NBA’s finding on its investigation into the manner. Many ideas have been floated around, but without having a precedent to this situation, the resulting punishment is entirely unpredictable.
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