LOS ANGELES — The Warriors reacted Tuesday to NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement that Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from any association with the league.
“We applaud the firm punishment handed out today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and appreciate the swiftness with which the NBA conducted its investigation,” co-owner Joe Lacob said in a statement.
“Similarly, we anticipate that the NBA Board of Governors will act promptly to put this chapter behind us. As I noted on Sunday, the sentiments expressed on the audio recording were completely inappropriate, unacceptable and senseless. We cannot tolerate such feelings or beliefs, not only in the NBA, but in society in general. There is absolutely no room for racism in our world, period.”
The Warriors conducted shootaround before Silver’s announcement, with players taking to social media afterward.
“’Standing ovation’ for Commissioner Silver,” guard Stephen Curry tweeted. “Big time decision standing up for the league and it’s players. Now, Gotta see it through.”
Tweeted Harrison Barnes: “Proud of Commissioner Silver and what he did today! Respect him taking a strong stance on such an important issue #zerotolerance.”
Center Andrew Bogut blogged before the announcement that some of his teammates were “pretty upset about it all.”
Sterling had made remarks on an audio recording released by TMZ.com Friday and ultimately authenticated by the NBA asking a girlfriend not to bring black people to games and publicly associate with them.
As part of the ban, Sterling cannot attend games or practices or be present at the Clippers facility or participate in business or player personnel decisions. Silver announced he would urge the NBA’s Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.
“Great job Commissioner Silver!!” Warriors coach Mark Jackson tweeted. “U owned the moment!!”