Jan 10, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 123-87. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Trail Blazers’ Paul Allen: Donald Sterling unfit to be an owner in NBA


Many are speaking out against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling following the release of recordings of him making racist comments. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he didn’t need to comment because it is obvious, while Michael Jordan has spoken out not many others have.

TMZ Sports reported that Portland Trail Blazers’ Paul Allen was the first white owner to speak out against Sterling and call for action, apparently missing Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander’s earlier comments about what they could do to rid the league of Sterling.

From TMZ Sports:

The Microsoft co-founder (and multi-billionaire) said, “The kind of statements attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling, if true, are abhorrent, and not acceptable for the owner of an NBA franchise.”

Allen added, “We at the Trail Blazers reject any and all such sentiments.”

Allen’s statement is nothing more than the minimum acknowledgement. Alexander proposed letting the players being able to walk in free agency and hurting Sterling that way since he said the NBA’s constitution prevents them from removing Sterling unless gambling is involved.

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