Apr 27, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) in the second half in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the biggest decision in his brief tenure Tuesday afternoon, as he delivered the hammer on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments.
Silver placed a lifetime ban on Sterling from attending or being involved in any NBA games or functions, a $2.5 million fine, and will do everything possible to strip Sterling’s ownership away from the Clippers.
For Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, he believes that the new commissioner in charge made the right decision:
“I just think that racism and hate and all that stuff – I feel like it shouldn’t take an incident for people to stand together. We all gotta be together at all times. Any time something goes wrong, we all want to stand up and stand out but I think as people, we should all stand up and stand out in our everyday lives. There’s things that happen every day that we turn our faces from. When a situation like this arises, we all want to come together. This is a big situation and it’s right for all of us to come together but we need to do this every day for bullying and for violence and all this stuff. We need to stand together and stand strong. That is my thought on it. What Sterling did- he has his own opinion and view on life and everyone doesn’t agree with that. I think what Adam Silver did was best for the NBA and our brand. He is in control and did the right thing. It shouldn’t take a situation like this for us to stand up. Racism is wrong in any shape form or fashion. We all have to stand up and believe that every day and walk in it.”
This is the first time that Howard, or any player on the Rockets, have spoke about the situation, as players were not allowed to comment on the issue when it first happened.