9:15 p.m.: There wasn’t much new information provided in the press conference, with Silver not discussing possible sanctions, but it is clear that the league is working fast to take care of this issue.
The biggest breaking news that Silver revealed is that Sterling will not be attending playoff games in the interim.
9:10 p.m.: Silver is now taking questions.
Silver says Clippers players not playing tomorrow is not a potential issue.
The Clippers will be back in Los Angeles Tuesday night, and Silver says they hope to wrap up the investigation in the next few days.
9:08: p.m.: Silver says due process has to play out, and that he’s not yet ready to discuss sanctions for Donald Sterling.
But he said they will move fast and Sterling has agreed not to attend the Clippers playoff game on Sunday.
9:05 p.m.: Silver reiterated the NBA’s statement on the situation.
“We intend to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.”
Silver continues on, adding that the situation is most unfair to the Clippers players who are trying to focus on their ongoing playoff series.
9:03 p.m.: Adam Silver is now addressing the media. Silver begins on a somber note, explaining that he just learned former Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley passed away.
8:50 p.m.: We are still waiting for Silver to come out to the podium. He is expected any minute, and there has been no explanation for the delay.
8:25 p.m.: Players and coaches around the NBA have weighed in on the Donald Sterling incident, but now it’s NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s turn.
The NBA has launched an investigation into the Clippers owner’s purported racist comments that were obtained in an audio clip by TMZ. The team owner reportedly told his girlfriend that he didn’t want her posting pictures of minorities or bringing African-Americans to his games.
The Los Angeles Clippers held a meeting before their practice this morning to address the issue among themselves. The team discussed boycotting their upcoming playoff game, but eventually decided against that idea. LeBron James also spoke out, saying “there’s no place in the NBA for Donald Sterling.”
Silver is expected to speak at 8:45 p.m. EST. Silver is at the Thunder-Grizzlies game in Memphis, which is ironically the home of the National Civil Rights Museum.
Many believe this is the first big test for Silver, so stay tuned on NESN.com to hear how he’ll handle this situation.
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