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Adam Silver Sought Advice From Political Consultant Doug Sosnick Before Sterling Ruling
Published May 1, 2014
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PLENTY OF QUESTIONS REMAIN: An AKRON BEACON JOURNAL editorial states the NBA "hardly has been alone in looking the other way" when it came to Sterling. But Sterling "crossed the line flagrantly and most publicly, and the league has responded swiftly and appropriately to his behavior" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 5/1). But a N.Y. POST editorial states no one "in this tale comes out looking good." The NBA "now professes shock at views known for years" (N.Y. POST, 4/30). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Jason Gay writes after a "dizzying, disquieting stretch, is it correct to rush back to business as usual?" The league has "other questions to address -- chiefly, its failure to act before on troubling accusations about Sterling." With the public "at a boil, the league was quick to throw the book." But Silver and league officials "would be foolish to consider the matter closed or decline to address the past" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/1). ESPN’s Jemele Hill said of the league's response, "This idea that the NBA deserves to get some kind of extra pat on the back, I am not so sure I can go there considering the fact that they have been the safe-haven for this thirty-year problem that is known as Donald Sterling to exist." However, she added of Silver, "He was polished, he was poised. He came there with a message that people like Donald Sterling aren’t to be tolerated in the NBA." ESPN’s Michael Smith added, “I think Adam Silver deserves every bit of praise and credit he is getting” (“Numbers Never Lie,” ESPN2, 4/30).