In what will be discussed for a long time to come, Adam SIlver and the NBA set the precedent on how to deal with discrimination in the work place. Here is the commissioner's opening statement that outlines the actions the NBA will take towards Los Angeles Clipper's owner Donald Sterling:
"Shortly after the release of an audio recording this past saturday morning, of a conversation that allegedly included Clipper's owner Donald Sterling, the NBA commenced an investigation, which among other things, included an interview of Mr. Sterling."
"That investigation is now complete. The central findings of the investigation, are that the man who's voice is heard on the recording, and on a second recording from the same conversation, that was released on Sunday, is Mr. Sterling. And that the hateful opinions are, voiced by that man, are those of Mr. Sterling. The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage."
"Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principals of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural, multiethnic league. I am personally distraught, that the views expressed by Mr. Sterling, came from within an institution that has historically taken such a leadership role in matters of race relations."
"It has caused current and former players, fans, and partners of the NBA to question their very association with the league. To them, and pioneers of the game, like Early Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, Sweetwater Clifton, the great Bill Russell, and particularly Magic Johnson, I apologize."
"Accordingly, effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA. Mr. Sterling may not attend NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clipper's facility, and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA board of governors meetings or participating in any other league activities. I am also fining Mr. Sterling 2.5 million dollars, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA constitution. These funds will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and it's players association."
"As for Mr. Sterling ownership interest in the Clippers. I will urge the the board of governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team and I will do everything in my power to assure that that happens."
"This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family. I appreciate the support and understanding of our players during this process and I am particularly grateful for the leadership shown by coach Doc Rivers, union president Chris Paul, and mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, who has been acting as the players representative in this manner."
"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views. They simply have no place in the NBA."