The Oneida Indian Nation and the national Change the Mascot campaign it leads praised the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Adam Silver for issuing a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine to Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling.
Sterling made racially insensitive remarks about African-Americans to his girlfriend V. Stiviano which were recorded and later obtained by TMZ. Sterling was barred from attending NBA games, practices, as well as making business and player-personnel decisions in the league. Silver also said that he would do everything in his power to try to force the controversial owner to sell his franchise.
“In banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and other NBA team owners have taken a courageous stand against racism in professional sports, acknowledging that professional leagues cannot be a platform to promote bigotry,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter in a news release. “In taking such appropriate disciplinary action, the NBA has shown leagues like the NFL that they have a moral responsibility to take disciplinary action against people like Dan Snyder, who also continues to proudly promote bigotry with the use of a dictionary-defined racial slur as his team's name.”
Sterling has yet to make a comment about the ban, but his wife Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling was seen cheering on the Clippers at their playoff game Tuesday night; hours after the ban was announced. The team won 113-103 over the Golden State Warriors.