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NBA Reacts on Twitter to Donald Sterling’s Lifetime Ban

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Former US basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson poses for photos with other attendees after US President Barack Obama spoke on his My Brothers Keeper initiative in the East Room at the White House on February 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. JEWEL SAMAD—AFP/Getty Images

Leaders in the NBA applaud Adam Silver's decision

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver handed down an unprecedented lifetime ban to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday for racist remarks he allegedly made on a recording leaked to TMZ.com. Silver also said he would ask the other NBA owners to exercise their authority to force a sale of the team. Shortly after Silver’s press conference, other NBA owners, stars and former players reacted to Sterling’s punishment on social media:

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks (who previously said that banning Sterling could be a “slippery slope”)

https://twitter.com/mcuban/status/461208183965351937

Magic Johnson, famed former NBA player (who called for Sterling to lose his team and is rumored to be interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers)

Lebron James, current Miami Heat player (who said there was “no room” for Sterling in the NBA and led his team’s protest against Sterling)

Jodie Meeks, current Los Angeles Lakers player

Jalen Rose, former NBA player and ESPN commentator

J.R. Smith, current New York Knicks player

Ed Davis, current Memphis Grizzlies player

Bill Simmons, sports and basketball commentator on ESPN

Stephen A. Smith, sports and basketball commentator on ESPN

Shabazz Muhammad, current Minnesota Timberwolves player

Reggie Miller, former NBA player and basketball commentator on TNT

Dwyane Wade, current Miami Heat player

Stephen Curry, current Golden State Warriors player

James Worthy, former NBA basketball player and commentator

Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat

David Robinson, former NBA player

Grant Hill, former NBA player

Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA player and commentator on TNT

Jason Collins, current Brooklyn Nets player

The Clippers, meanwhile changed their social media profiles and avatars to the picture that reads, “We are one.”

 

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