In response to the racially-charged statements allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has issued the following statement:
The kind of statements attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling, if true, are abhorrent, and not acceptable for the owner of an NBA franchise or anyone in professional sports. We at the Trail Blazers reject any and all such sentiments, and believe NBA leadership should take swift and impactful action in this case.
Then, after the NBAcommissioner announced that Sterling was banned for life for making the alleged statements, Allen issued this additional statement on Tuesday:
I completely support NBA Commissioner Adam Silver s decisive action on the Sterling issue. He exhibited great leadership, and the league is in good hands.
The outcry over Sterling's alleged racist comments has escalated, with NBA greats like Michael Jordan, now also an NBA team owner, and Lakers great Magic Johnson, joining in the criticism.
The NBA scheduled a press conference for Tuesday to address the controversy.
The Clippers are embroiled in a playoff series right now, and their coach, Doc Rivers said on Monday that Sterling reached out to him but he declined to talk to Sterling.