South Florida Blacks applaud Sterling's $2.5M fine, lifetime ban from the NBA

Special to the Times | 4/30/2014, 3:55 p.m.
Blacks in South Florida rejoiced with the nation Tuesday after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles owner Donald Sterling ...

Those promises sent a flurry of offers from Black business moguls Sean Combs and Rick Ross who made their pitches to buy the team on twitter Wednesday morning.

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. told ESPN that he and his investment group are interested in the buying the team and have the money to do so.

In his first big challenge as the new NBA Commissioner, Silver faced heavy pressure from big names throughout the sports industry to discipline Sterling, who has a history of making racial statements and discriminating against Blacks and Hispanics. The biggest pressures came when the Clippers' big-name sponsors Virgin America, Red Bull and Mercedes began pulling their support in rapid succession.

The fallout from Sterling's comments left Silver with little options other than to silence him for good.

"The central findings of the investigation are that the man whose voice is on the recordings ... is Mr. Sterling and that the hateful feelings are those of Mr. Sterling. The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply disturbing and alarming," Silver said.

Sliver said he didn't poll the owners, but did speak to several who he said supports the decision.

"The owners have the authority subject to 3/4 vote, to remove him as owner," Silver said.

Silver issued the heaviest penalty possible under his power, which is governed by the NBA's private constitution and bylaws.

Sponsors began pulling out Monday and Silver said marketing partners should judge NBA based on league's response to Sterling incident.