Silver schedules 2:00 p.m. press conference, sponsors flee Clippers

 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver (l) will address the public in a press conference on Tuesday while Kevin Johnson (r) continues to organize efforts on the players behalf.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver (l) will address the public in a press conference on Tuesday while Kevin Johnson (r) continues to organize efforts on the players behalf.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced it will hold a press conference on Tuesday, April 29, to address the alleged statements made by Donald Sterling and the firestorm of anger that the recordings have caused. There has already been noticeable fallout since the recordings, allegedly featuring the Los Angeles Clippers owner, surfaced this weekend. In addition to players making public statements and displays of solidarity, there has also been financial ramifications. Several major sponsors, including State Farm, Kia and CarMax have withdrawn their support from the team.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers expressed how difficult this period has been for his team but he is not sympathetic to his team's owner.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers expressed how difficult this period has been for his team but he is not sympathetic to his team’s owner.

A handful of owners have voiced their displeasure with the situation and appear to favor  Sterling’s removal. Additionally, Kevin Johnson, Sacramento Mayor and the NBA Player’s Association’s special assistant, has expressed how serious the players are in seeing swift and harsh penalties levied against Sterling if the allegations are proven true. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers spoke to the media on Monday and made it clear that he believes that it is Sterling’s voice on the recordings.

“Yeah, I think he said those things,” Rivers said, stating his feeling of “anger” and the rage felt by his players.  Commissioner Adam Silver will have a chance to show great leadership in this situation, beginning with the press conference on Tuesday.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.