Sterling's lifetime ban from NBA a fitting punishment

Tuesday April 29th, 2014
Donald Sterling has owned the Clippers for 33 years, but the NBA is seeking to force a sale.
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"I didn't poll the owners" about support to force Sterling out, Silver said, but that is because he didn't have to poll the owners. He knew how they felt. Everybody around the league knew. Very quickly Tuesday, owner after owner released statements supporting Silver's desire to kick Donald Sterling out of the league. Thirty-three years, and they can't wait to get rid of him.

Now the NBA views Donald Sterling as cynically as he viewed everybody else. He served them no purpose any more, so goodbye. He is 80 or 81 and they will fight him until he is 85 or 86, or 97 or 98. Whatever it takes, for however long it takes. What a sad way to end a life.

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