While this series has become even more exciting due to issues of the court thanks to David Sterling, the commissioner of The Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling has been accused of making racist comments about Magic Johnson and African Americans in general when addressing his girlfriend.
In this conversation we hear him say, "In your lousy Instagram’s, you don't have to have yourself with -- walking with black people," he goes on to say, “but don't put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."
This is not Sterling’s first time being accused of racial actions. In 2009, Sterling paid a $2.725 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department accusing him of driving African-Americans, Latinos and families with children out of apartment buildings he owned.
Kyle McKenzie (’15), a forward on the Bullis basketball team felt very strong about the issue at hand. “I was shocked that he owns a team and he owns players that he doesn’t respec”. He treats them like slaves basically and his racist comments are disrespectful. Something needed to be done.”
Meanwhile fellow teammate William Westbury (’15), felt strongly about this issue. He added “I feel he should forego his ownership. I find it powerful that the Heat also joined the protest and are showing their feelings on this issue.”
Jessica Howard (’14) explained “I found it very astonishing that someone like this still existed in the world today. Especially in a field of work were you have to be very open to media and have a team on your back”.
The Bullis community has made it clear that they have a serious issue with this situation. New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, clearly felt the same way as the Bullis community. On Tuesday April 29, Sterling was fined 2.5 million dollars and banned from the NBA for the rest of his life. He is not allowed inside any NBA events for the rest of his life.
People following the NBA are excited about this decision made by Silver due to his quick and firm punishment. There have been rumors that Millionaire Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and Hip Hop Mongol P Diddy have inquired about buying the clippers.