NBA Players, executives, and head coaches are rallying against Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling.
The outcry against Sterling comes after the Clippers’ owner was believed to be the voice on an audio tape obtained by TMZ in which the man believed to be Sterling made racist comments.
In response to the comments believed to be made by Sterling, many in the NBA have spoken out against the Clippers’ owner. The latest to speak out is former Chicago Bulls and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan.
“As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views,” Jordan said. “I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged.
“There is no room in the NBA — or anywhere else — for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”-Michael Jordan, ESPN Chicago
Jordan has often been criticized for refusing to speak out against important issues as they pertain to the NBA. The fact that Jordan spoke out on the issue not only signifies how important it is that NBA acts appropriately but just how grand the issue is.
The NBA is conducting their own investigation into the situation before taking any actions.