NBA Press Conference On Donald Sterling Investigation (LIVE VIDEO, UPDATES)
After racist remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sparked a controversy that spread far beyond the world of sports, the NBA's response is highly anticipated. Silver is set to address the league's investigation into those alleged comments on Tuesday during a press conference at 2 p.m. ET in New York.
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Silver initially announced on Saturday that the NBA would be investigating the recording obtained by TMZ of a conversation in which Sterling allegedly told his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games or post photos of herself and African-Americans to her Instagram account. At that time, Silver spoke of "broad powers" for punishment allowed him under NBA bylaws but stressed the need for due process.
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“All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy, which is why I’m not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling,” Silver said in Memphis. “We will, however, move extraordinarily quickly in our investigation.”
After a silent pre-game protest by the Los Angeles Clippers before their game on Sunday, an event Sterling agreed not to attend, the NBA announced on Monday that there would be a press conference on Tuesday to address the findings of that investigation.