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Adam is the Silver lining after Stern

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Adam Silver is going as far as he possibly can. He gave Donald Sterling the max.

No matter what is said or written, make no mistake that Donald Sterling is the bad guy. I still have questions that were left unanswered after the press conference.

Adam Silver said there was no evidence brought forth in the past that showed Sterling had feelings of superiority over other races. He's right, but why didn't someone ask how Sterling felt? Sterling is accused of racist comments in a court. There is no evidence that he actually said those things. Sterling should not have lost the Clippers based on alleged comments made that came to light in a court case that was settled out of court. However, after hearing the tape, it's clear that Sterling does have those feelings that would coincide with the words he's been accused of saying.

Am I being led to believe that Sterling never said anything racist at any moment during an NBA owners' meeting? David Stern was the former commissioner of the NBA. Once the lawsuit was filed against Sterling for the alleged comments in 2006, did Stern not see this as an end result at some point? I'm not saying Stern should have anticipated that a girlfriend would record a conversation and expose Sterling; I am saying Stern shouldn't have needed a girlfriend to record this. How was Stern not smart enough to ever talk to Sterling and hear similar comments himself?

Either David Stern ignored Sterling's racist comments made in private or he never wanted to hear them.

About the Author

School: Ohio University...Go Bobcats!

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: 1st Doug & Wolf Show: 1/2/07

Favorite sports memory: Goldschmidt's triple icing the 2011 NL West title because it was a daddy-daughter day at the ballpark and Bellbrook vs. Dunbar '89 when I hit my one varsity HR.

Favorite all-time athlete: as a kid, an adult, Grant Hill

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams

Best sports road trip: My Saturday...Braves vs. Reds Sunday Night...Cooperstown Monday through Thursday morning...Jennifer sings the Anthem Thursday night at Fenway... Sox/White Sox triple play and cycle in the same game for only the second time in baseball history...Saturday night Clemens strikes out 9 through 7 but the bullpen blows it and the crowd is furious.

Best game I've ever seen live: Suns/Spurs Game 5 2007 Western Semis (the game w/o Amare & Boris). Hated the outcome but loved the experience.


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