May 5, 2014
The NBA is witnessing quite the postseason. It’s full of amazing games and storylines not expected by many. Instead, a lot of mainstream coverage is dedicated to controversy.
It’s been a few weeks since TMZ released a recording implicating Donald Sterling making racist comments about African-American players. Since then, more details have come about Sterling and relationship with his girlfriend, Vivian Stiviano. It’s a tumultuous relationship, to say the least.
Sterling’s psyche isn’t the issue. In fact, it’s been well documented of Sterling’s antics as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. However, this went too far.
The Clippers and Miami Heat shed their logos during warm-ups in a silent protest. It almost got to the point of NBA players boycotting the playoffs. That’s unheard of, but it shows what’s more important than the game of basketball, eliminating intolerance.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was left with a choice. Yet, it was the only choice. Silver banned Sterling for life.
He’s not done though. Silver plans to get the owners to get rid of Sterling as an NBA owner. The NBA Commissioner proved he rules with an iron fist in his first matter of controversy (and hopefully the last).
Adam Silver deserves credit, but not too much credit. Granted, he made the right choice for the players and the fans. He also made the right choice for the NBA as a business.
Could you imagine a player-wide boycott? The insanity of it would leave the NBA losing money. It wouldn’t cause an immediate effect, but the damage would have taken its toll. Irreparable damage would be done to the relationship between the players, fans, owners and commissioner. What choice did Adam Silver have in this scenario? Plus, the money lost would be insurmountable.
The worst isn’t over; expect Sterling to put up a fight even if he won’t win. It’s only going to get uglier from here. But right now, war was the only choice for Adam Silver.
He threw the hammer down, and there’s no turning back now.
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