An overwhelming majority of
DeVos was one of many NBA owners to rail on Sterling and hail Silver, who barred Sterling from attending NBA games and practices as well as from making business and player-personnel decisions in the league.
“The commissioner was correct to ban Mr. Sterling from all official NBA business, to levy the stiffest allowable fine, and we will support his recommendation to press for Mr. Sterling to relinquish his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise,”
Some owners used the phrase “wholeheartedly” to indicate their approval, including longtime
"These past days have been both sad and disturbing for the NBA family," Simon added in a statement. "It is our responsibility to continue as models of the diversity and inclusion the NBA has long and justly represented."
It was unclear when owners would officially vote whether to force the sale of the Clippers, though players’ union vice president
The Lakers added to the flood of owners condemning the racially tinged comments Sterling purportedly made to a female friend in an audio recording released over the weekend.
The Clippers released a statement without a name attributed to it, saying: "We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins."