"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?" Sterling asks the woman on the tape. "I have had overwhelming support for this position," Ranadive was quoted as saying. "People were outraged by these comments. "This is really a global game-you have people from all parts of the world, all skin colors, all religions. The only thing we care about is if you have game." "So these comments were insulting to everyone. One of my favorite quotes is from Gandhi, and he liked to say that, 'If you slight one person, you slight the whole world.' I feel that the whole world was slighted," he added.
Ranadive said Tuesday in a phone interview with ESPN.com that he thought Silver's discipline against Sterling "sent a very clear, unequivocal and decisive message that we will have zero tolerance" for racist behavior in the NBA.
After banning Sterling, Silver said he will press the other teams to force NBA's longest-tenured owner to sell Los Angeles Clippers as part of the sanctions brought against him in response to his racist comments. (IANS)