The resolution, presented by Councilman
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In a news conference before the Tuesday vote, Parks said the city should "go on record to condemn the statements made by Mr. Sterling and clearly separate itself from those statements."
He added that "at the minimum, Mr. Sterling owes the city of Los Angeles a personal apology."
An amendment to the resolution by Council President
Council members chimed in to condemn the remarks attributed to Sterling. "His comments have no place in basketball or in our community," Councilman
The original version of Parks' resolution also called for Silver to take "appropriate censorship actions" against Sterling. Before the vote, Silver announced that Sterling had been banned for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA and would have to pay a $2.5 million fine.
When Parks learned of the ban during the meeting, he asked to alter his resolution to "strongly endorse" the action announced by Silver. Mayor
"This isn't just about tainting the Los Angeles Clippers, this taints the entire National Basketball Association," Garcetti said Monday.
The resolution also called on the Los Angeles branch of the
"I don't know if they looked as closely as is being scrutinized now," Parks said. "But I think it's been resolved."
In that recording, a man said to be Sterling argues with a woman over her
people.” An attorney for the woman identified by TMZ,