NBA Commissioner Adam Silver To Speak On Sterling Controversy Today At 1 p.m. [VIDEO]
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. CT today (Tuesday April 29th) to reveal the NBA’s findings in the investigation into racist remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
When Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media Today about the NBA’s findings in the investigation into racist remarks made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, all eye’s and ears will be on the TV. Many fans, players and coaches are looking for the league to hand down the most severe penalty possible.
Former NBA all-star Kevin Johnson, currant chairman of the National Basketball Players Association’s executive committee, told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” “When a hint of cancer is shown, you have to cut it out immediately, and I feel that’s where the players are today.” Johnson said the players of the NBA don’t think Sterling is ” worthy to be an owner.” He continued, “so whether there’s a sanction that includes a suspension, whether there’s a sanction that includes a hefty fine … the players feel very strongly that he’s not fit to be an owner and a part of this NBA family.”
In spite of the fact that Commissioner Silver has only been on the job three months, he is expected to make a veteran decision and find the right penalties for Sterling, who by the way, has owned the Clippers for almost 30 years.
Monday brought news of several sponsors distancing themselves from the team and a host of other owners and team officials condemning the comments attributed to Sterling, who has never been disciplined by the league. CNN Money reported a total of twelve Clippers sponsors have chucked the dues and they include, State Farm, Virgin America, CarMax, Red Bull were among companies to pull sponsorship’s.
Sterling has yet to make a public commit publicly on the scandal. Team President Andy Roeser, however did issued a statement this weekend saying, “what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect (Sterling’s) views, beliefs or feelings.” Roeser tried to insinuate the recording was an attempt by Stiviano to “get even” with Sterling.