Politicians, NBPA Members Voice Support Of Sterling Discipline
The NBPA held a press conference immediately following the NBA handing down its sanctions against Donald Sterling where several officials – including Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is acting as a special assistant to the union – spoke in support of Adam Silver’s decision. NBPA First VP Roger Mason Jr. told reporters following the press conference that players across the league were ready to boycott NBA playoff games – beginning tonight – if strong action was not taken against the Clippers owner. He said, "It wasn't just about the Clippers boycotting. I think all teams would have been prepared. That was the message we wanted to do as players. It was that serious."
Mason noted the union is happy with the decision, but would like a timetable for when Sterling will be forced to sell the team. The NBPA felt that anything less than a lifetime ban would not have been a strong enough penalty. Acting NBPA Exec Dir Ron Klempner said, “We’re going to have a call with our Exec Committee at any minute.”
Meanwhile, the Clippers' website today redirected users to a mostly blank page with a gray background that showed the team logo and the simple phrase, "We Are One."