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Donald Sterling scandal: Players, owners tweet support for Adam Silver

Donald Sterling scandal: Players, owners tweet support for Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces the league's punishment against Clippers owner Donald Sterling in New York on Tuesday. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acted swiftly in punishing Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his purported comments about blacks, and folks around the NBA were almost just as quick in supporting their new boss on social media.

A recording made public over the weekend had a man purported to be Sterling making controversial comments about blacks. At a news conference Tuesday morning, Silver said an NBA investigation determined Sterling was the man speaking on the recording.

Silver announced Sterling was banned for life from any NBA-related activities and fined $2.5 million.

The commissioner also said he will urge the rest of the NBA owners to force out Sterling as an owner. Several owners -- including Dallas' Mark Cuban, Cleveland's Dan Gilbert, Miami's Micky Arison and Portland's Paul Allen -- already appear to be in sync with the commissioner.

Former Lakers great Magic Johnson, who said after the scandal unfolded that he would never attend a Clippers game again, seems to be pleased with the day's events.

 

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