By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – Less than three months into his tenure as NBA commissioner, Adam Silver is a hit.
Silver dropped the hammer on notorious Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who has exhibited questionable behavior for years but received a lifetime ban Tuesday for a recorded conversation with his girlfriend in which he tells her not to bring black players to Clippers games. The racist comments kicked off a firestorm over the weekend, and Silver delivered judgment swiftly.
Silver also said he expects the owners to vote to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. Needless to say, reaction from current and former NBA players, athletes in other sports and media members has been overwhelmingly positive.
Multiple reports said players were prepared to boycott if Silver did not serve Sterling with the maximum penalty.