Key quotes on Sterling racism controversy

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 30 2014 09:39 PM | Updated as of May 01 2014 05:39 AM

LOS ANGELES - The following is a list of key quotes about the NBA's decision on Tuesday to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the sport for life over racist remarks:

"Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA."

-- NBA commissioner Adam Silver

"I believe that today stands as one of those great moments where sports, once again, transcends, where sports provides a place for fundamental change on how our country should think and act."

-- Kevin Johnson, former NBA star and mayor of Sacramento, who has acted as an advisor to the NBA players union


-- Slogan on the Los Angeles Clippers website, in white lettering on a black background, shortly after the ban of Sterling was announced.

"Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!! Great leader!! #BiggerThanBasketball #StriveForGreatness."

-- Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James of the Miami Heat, on Twitter

"Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!"

-- Retired NBA star center Shaquille O'Neal, on Twitter

"Current and former NBA players now know that in Commissioner Adam Silver we have a great leader leading our league. (...) Now let's hope that the other 29 owners do the right thing."

-- NBA Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson, on Twitter

"Racism is wrong in any shape form or fashion. We all have to stand up and believe that every day and walk in it."

-- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, to the Houston Chronicle

"'Standing ovation' for Commissioner Silver. Big time decision standing up for the league and its players. Now, Gotta see it through."

-- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, whose team is battling the Clippers in the playoffs

"Bigotry and hatred have no place in the NBA or any other arena of our society."

-- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a civil rights group

"Next up for Silver? Putin."

-- Comedian and die-hard Clippers fan Billy Crystal

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