Magic Johnson thanks Jordan for support as NBA bans Sterling “for life”

jordan-magicAs more owners and players come out against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments against African-Americans, there’s one person in particular that NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is particularly proud of: Bulls legend and current Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan.

“We’re judging a man by his words and his actions. And I am glad that Michael Jordan has spoken out,” Johnson said at a press conference.

“I’m glad that he spoke out. This is great for all of us to band together. We’re going to do that, and we have done that. We’re saying we’re not going to stand for it. This is America 2014,” Johnson noted.

Jordan, among other great retired NBA players, has previously issued a statement regarding the “Donald Sterling scandal”.

“I look at this from two perspectives — as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views,” Jordan’s statement said.

“As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA — or anywhere else — for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level,” Jordan said in the statement.

Yahoo previously reported that Magic Johnson was interested in purchasing the LA Clippers franchise from Sterling, after the racist comments were made public. However later, Johnson himself said via Twitter that he’s not interested in purchasing the team, dismissing the rumors.

On April 25, 2014, TMZ Sports released what it said is an April 9, 2014 audio recording of a conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend or former girlfriend. Sterling was recorded making racist and outrageous statements in the conversation. An NBA investigation, which included an interview with Sterling, determined the voice to be authentic.

Sterling has repeatedly been accused of being a racist businessman whose company has settled multiple housing discrimination lawsuits that, in turn, allowed him to escape previous NBA punishments.

On April 29, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the NBA has banned Sterling from the league for life. Silver banned Sterling from associating with the Clippers, the NBA itself or even attending a game for “life.” He fined Sterling the maximum allowed $2.5 million.


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