Best exercising of authority by a commissioner: NBA commissioner Adam Silver bans Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life
There were many big stories in the world of sports in 2014, but none, arguably, were bigger than the Donald Sterling saga.
It all erupted on April 25, when TMZ released a recording of a conversation between Sterling and girlfriend V. Stiviano, in which Sterling made several racist remarks. This led to a media firestorm and calls for action from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who had taken office just three months prior. Faced with the toughest decision of his young tenure, Silver didn’t hold back, announcing on April 29 that Sterling would receive a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine.
While there were legitimate concerns over the precedent being set by levying such a severe punishment over comments made in a private conversation, it was clear that something drastic had to be done. Silver delivered, proving that, unlike Roger Goodell, he actually has a spine and will drop the hammer when he needs to.