Why Adam Silver’s Decision Was Unprecedented, Perfect, Bold, and Flawless

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses his decision to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterling. (Photo: Andy Marlin, USA TODAY Sports)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses his decision to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
(Photo: Andy Marlin, USA TODAY Sports)

The era of leniency and looking the other way in our professional sports world has met its match in new NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

Banned for life? Now that’s some serious punishment.

Isn’t it wonderful to see a 21st century commissioner throw the book at someone who deserves it?

BANNED: Silver boots Sterling from NBA

REACTION: LeBron, others support Silver

Silver did the absolute right thing Tuesday in banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for his reprehensible racist comments that exploded throughout the news media since last weekend.

The commissioner’s news conference in New York riveted the nation – and not just sports fans. The issues at play were the topics that often help form the foundation of high school history classes: racism vs. racial tolerance and advancement, the value of diversity in society, public figures and their private lives, ownership and its responsibilities.

This was about sports, but also about so much more. The conversation transcended sports, and so did Silver’s unyielding performance.

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Source: USA Today | Christine Brennan

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