INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – At last check, the Indiana Pacers had become one of at least 13 teams opening their web pages declaring “We Are One.”
They’re showing unity in opposition to racist statements made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers.
They’re showing support for a decision by the league’s commissioner.
The Pacers practiced their free throws and reviewed their plans for Game Six of the playoffs on Tuesday. As they were doing that, the commissioner of the NBA said this: “I am banning Mr. Sterling–for life,” Adam Silver said.
Roy Hibbert said he learned of the ban just before talking with reporters in Indianapolis.
“Like people have said: there’s no place in the NBA for that,” Roy Hibbert said.
The NBA says the racist comments made by Donald Sterling hurt the league. So, Commissioner Silver wants the other NBA owners to force Sterling out of their little club.
Silver wants them to force Sterling to sell the team.
“I thought that was the right call,” Paul George said. “The right move. He’s got to take a stance on, you know, that topic. So I thought it was the appropriate move.”
David West said he’s glad the removal process has started.
“He still has ownership, still is going to profit from the team,” David West said. “But it’s a step in the right direction.”
Now, Paul George says, the game can be their focus again.
“The commissioner took care of it. The whole Clippers organization, whole league can move forward, you know, prepare for championship runs,” Paul George said.
The Pacers’ owner, Herb Simon, released a statement of his own:
“I wholeheartedly endorse Commissioner Adam Silver’s swift, strong and decisive action with regard to Donald Sterling. These past days have been both sad and disturbing for the NBA family. It is our responsibility to continue as models of the diversity and inclusion the NBA has long and justly represented.”