TORONTO – Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the group that owns the Toronto Raptors, released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the comments made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers has “no place in our society or sport.”
“As a proud member of the National Basketball Association, we stand strongly in our belief that the comments attributed to Mr. [Donald] Sterling have no place in our society or sport. Our organization will always work to contribute to a culture of diversity and acceptance in this league and fully support the actions taken today. We thank Commissioner Adam Silver, and all of the NBA players, for their leadership on this important issue.”
The NBA fined Sterling $2.5 million, banned him for life from the association and asked the league owners to force Sterling to sell the team.
The harsh penalty comes after TMZ and Deadspin obtained an audio recording of Sterling usually racially charged comments and urging his girlfriend not to bring black people to Clippers’ games.
Raptors’ players commended NBA commissioner Silver for his judgement and said they will show their solidarity with the Clippers’ in their upcoming playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets.
As long as Sterling can still profit from the players on the Clippers hard work, we haven't done enough. We need to get more involved.—
Terrence Ross (@T_DotFlight31) April 29, 2014