Civil Rights Groups Applaud NBA Decision on Sterling

Several civil rights groups are cheering the NBA’s decision to ban Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling for life over his racist comments.

The National Urban League, the National Action Network, the NAACP, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation applauded the move in a joint statement, the Associated Press reports.

That decision, the statement said, was "a bold, courageous and resolute message that the views expressed by Sterling do not represent the National Basketball Association as an organization today or the kind of organization that it seeks to be in the future."

The groups want [NBA commissioner Adam Silver] to talk with them about diversifying the executive ranks of the NBA, similar to efforts in other sports.

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The groups also want to meet with Silver to discuss diversifying the executive ranks of the NBA.

Silver announced Tuesday that Sterling would be banned effective immediately and fined $2.5 million. The move came after a recording of Sterling making racist comments became public. Silver also urged the Board of Governors to force a sale of the team.

ColorofChange, an online civil rights organization, said the move was a “bold first step in the right direction.” The group released the following statement:

"The NBA, its owners and sponsors have looked the other way for more than a decade despite increasing evidence of Donald Sterling's racist practices and problematic ideology -- from complaints of workplace discrimination to housing discrimination. We applaud Commissioner Silver's decision to ban, fine, and urge the forced sale of the team. It is a clear, strong statement and a bold first step in the right direction though it does nothing to change the reality that Donald Sterling remains the owner of an NBA team.

"Over the past 24 hours, over a dozen corporations have dropped their support of the LA Clippers. These corporations are sending a powerful message that this sort of racism is not acceptable. Any corporate brand that remains visible during Game 5 at Staples Center does so at the risk of showing support for Sterling's dehumanizing views."

The organization is also calling on companies to drop their support of the Clippers and said it has collected more than 50,000 signatures on a petition calling for corporations to cease their sponsorships of the team.

According to the Associated Press, the national NAACP said it would have its chapters review their criteria for awarding honors, following the fallout over the Los Angeles chapter of the organization awarding a lifetime achievement award to Sterling. The chapter later revoked the honor.