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Brooklyn Nets release statement on Adam Silver's decision to ban Donald Sterling

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Bruce Bennett

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver placed a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his racist and hateful comments made last week. Sterling's ban will not permit him to be near or around anything pertaining to the Clippers or the NBA.

Earlier, we discussed the brief statements of support made by Shaun Livingston and Jason Collins on Twitter. Now, the Brooklyn Nets have released a statement in support of Mr. Silver,

They write:

BROOKLYN (April 29, 2014) – Today’s announcement by Commissioner Silver sends a strong message that racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated in the NBA family. The Nets organization welcomes and fully supports the decision and remains committed to tolerance and respect for all. We can all be proud that the reaction throughout the NBA – from players, management, ownership and fans – has been unequivocal and united in condemning the scourge of racism.

There was also this, from Nets GM Billy King:

Stefan Bondy, however, writes that Mikhail Prokhorov did not sign his name to the statement, making the Nets owner one of two principal owners, other than Sterling himself, not to personally endorse Silver's statement.  The other was Richard Devos of the Magic.  Bondy reports he could not reach Prokhorov's spokesperson for a comment.

Needless to say, we at NetsDaily also condemn such hatred, vitriol and racist remarks.