NBA’s Adam Silver talking about the two resolves that altered his life. Just two months into his new job, he was forced to steer a key controversy. It was furnishing a ban against then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling who was caught red handed eulogizing racist comments.
Two years succeeding Silver censure the state of North Carolina’s contentious transgender bathroom law and hauled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. Those resolutions have become the pillars of Silver’s tenure and their influence is yet being felt. In his interview he spoke about what it means to be a contemporary sports commissioner and the value of being unequivocal in his decision making. To cite an example; the resolution to ban Sterling had its share of controversy.
Sterling’s comments were elucidated during a private conversation with his then-girlfriend V. Stiviano, who recorded the conversation. In the 10-miunte recording, a man subsequently established to be Sterling could be heard saying to a woman that he would like to stay away from black people in the games.
That outraged Silver and he utilized his position to ban sterling. He then requested team owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers franchise. Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z currently denounced that resolution because has said it disregarded a more complex conversation on race. He said that banning Sterling only inspired “closeted racists” to conceal their true feelings. Silver vociferated that he comprehended the point of view, but said he was not convinced there was a practicable option to the ban.