Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA Tuesday, three days after recordings emerged of Sterling’s racist ramblings with girlfriend V. Stiviano.
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The recordings sent shockwaves throughout the league, as well as popular culture.
Players were quick to credit NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
LeBron James, one of the game’s superstars, called Silver a “great leader.”
'Standing ovation' for Commissioner Silver. Big time decision standing up for the league and it's players. Now, Gotta see it through— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 29, 2014
NBA icons such as Magic Johnson, whose photo with Stiviano sparked Sterling’s outburst, were thankful that Silver took action.
Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014
Good job commissioner silver clean up this stupidity in our society about race this will open up a lot of people's eyes I applaud u— Gary Payton (@GaryPayton_20) April 29, 2014
Owners also weighed in.
Fellow owners are now tasked with voting through Silver’s measures, which would require Sterling to sell the team.
I agree 100% with Commissioner Silvers findings and the actions taken against Donald Sterling— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 29, 2014
I completely support NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decisive action on the Sterling issue. Great leadership and the league is in good hands.— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) April 29, 2014
Other responses came in from comedians, humorists and even former Vice President Al Gore.
Great leadership by NBA’s Adam Silver after Donald Sterling’s despicable words. Sports transcend racism, which has no place in our society.— Al Gore (@algore) April 29, 2014
As further punishment, Donald Sterling should have to watch the last three decades of Clippers games.— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 30, 2014
Due to his racist comments, the NBA has banned Donald Sterling for life. So just where Sterling wanted to end up, the blacklist. #fallonmono— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) April 30, 2014
Donald Sterling has finally found a basketball team he feels at home with. pic.twitter.com/YhZFsDWGqe— Ralph Garman (@RalphGarman) April 29, 2014
I just saw Donald Sterling getting "Banned For Life" tattooed across his stomach.— Jeff Ross (@realjeffreyross) April 29, 2014
One of the most notable reactions came from the Clippers, the team Sterling, 80, has owned since 1981. After Silver’s announcement, the team website was refashioned to show the phrase, “We are one,” a statement of solidarity amid the struggle.