The NBA Has Set the New Standard for Tolerance in Sports

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on April 29 in New York Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When 50 U.S. senators sent a letter to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday asking the league to change the name of the Washington Redskins, they opened by citing the example of the National Basketball Association in its treatment of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s response was “a clear message that racism will not stand in the NBA,” the senators wrote, and urged the NFL to do likewise in ending the use of a racial slur as a team name.

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