Los Angeles Mayor
"Today we feel like justice has begun to be served,” said Garcetti, appearing outside City Hall with Sacramento Mayor
Garcetti had gathered in his office minutes earlier with Johnson and several other current and former professional basketball players to watch Silver's televised news conference in which he said he was banning Sterling from the NBA for life. Minutes later, Johnson told reporters that the NBA's decision, which prohibits Sterling from attending games or appearing at Clippers facilities, delivered "a statement about where we are as a country."
"I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling, and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you," Johnson said.
The celebrity website TMZ posted an audio recording Friday and named Sterling as the person telling a woman identified as V. Stiviano that "it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people." Silver said at a Tuesday news conference that the NBA had determined the voice was Sterling's.
Once the recording became public, the city's elected leaders began exerting pressure on the NBA in different ways.
Garcetti called for a transition to new ownership for the team in the quickest time frame possible. On Tuesday, he thanked Wesson and other lawmakers for their advocacy on the Sterling matter.
"I know Councilmen Curren Price and Bernard Parks had spoken out and introduced motions that might have even influenced the commissioner," he said.
Garcetti was joined by several other council members, along with sports figures such as
Abdul-Jabbar said he was so troubled by the Sterling controversy that he had lost sleep in recent days. Sitting in the office of Deputy Mayor Doane Liu, he watched television with Garcetti and others as Silver announced his penalty against Sterling.
"You should have heard us in there when we were listening to the press conference," he said. "We all started clapping."