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NBA Made 'Right Decision' by Banning Sterling, Sen. Casey Says

Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA over racist remarks he purportedly made in a recorded telephone conversation.

Donald Sterling. (Patch file photo)
Donald Sterling. (Patch file photo)

Even lawmakers are weighing in on Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was banned for life Tuesday by the NBA over racist remarks he purportedly made in a recorded telephone conversation.

In a statement sent to the media, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said the NBA made the right decision when they banned the coach and fined him $2.5 million. The ban means Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices and is barred from going to any Clippers facilities. He also may not be involved in any decisions involving the team.

“The NBA made the right decision today in banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fining him the maximum amount allowable under its bylaws,” Senator Casey said. 

“Racism has no place in our society and should not be tolerated in sports or any other arena. The game of basketball has played an important role in bringing together people of all races and backgrounds. I urge all NBA owners to vote in favor of forcing Mr. Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers,” Casey said.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the $2.5 million fine would be donated to anti-discrimination groups.

Silver said he "will do everything in my power to ensure" that Sterling sells the Clippers, a team he has owned since 1981, City News Service reported.

Concerned Parent May 01, 2014 at 07:28 AM
This may not be a legal issue YET, but I would bet anything that with all the government officials weighing in on this, if this man sued, he wouldn't stand a chance. Then it WOULD involve the government. So I stand by what I said about his rights. This kind of PC bullying is very dangerous!
Francis Kilinsky May 01, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Did the person who taped Sterling's remarks not break the wire tapping laws? There was recently a case in South Fayette Township where a young man taped remarks made by classmates who were bullying him which caused him to be cited for doing so while those who were bullying him suffered no legal consequences.
Tyler L. May 01, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Yes, racism isn't illegal, but discriminatory business practices are.
Kay May 01, 2014 at 11:14 AM
What he said was a disgrace! He hates people that ARE not of his race! LETS say what it is! SAY WHAT IT IS!!! HE thinks he is superior.. remember..those were his words.. no one forced him to say anything.. wire taping please..he said what was in his heart.. he got what he deserve.. he didn't think twice to fool around with a person outside of his race..and fool around on his wife.. if that woman set his stupid behind up.. he deserve it.. he deserves what ever he gets..
K. Thom. May 01, 2014 at 11:11 PM
The man is obviously a racist, elitist, democrat millionare. However he has committed no crime in this instance. While he has been sued in the past that holds no bearing on what is happening now. How can anyone be comfortable with punishing someone not for what they did but only what they said. The screams and cries of racism are loud but the evidence as it relates to his team is exactly the reverse. You can clearly see on the NBA Clippers website that he clearly discriminates against whites not blacks. If everything was equal and fair there would be more than one white player on the team. This is a very dangerous path to go down when you have politicians getting involved in this. No one should ever be punished for his thoughts. Other than peoples feelings there are no victims here as a direct result of his actions. People have known for years that he was racist. It was known even when he received his NAACP lifetime achievement award(the first time). If these people didn't want to associate with him they could have gone to other teams, sponsored other teams, and endorsed other teams.

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