Locals, Saints players back suspension of Donald Sterling

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Posted on April 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 11:07 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- Tuesday night inside Lawrence Square, there was a friendly game of pick-up basketball.

You won't find Terry Boyd on the court. Instead, he supports players from the sidelines.

"You see I'm a basketball fan. I like to play basketball in my youth, but now I come to watch it,” Boyd said.

The Uptown resident has been watching the scandal that's led to a life-long NBA ban and $2.5 million fine for Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling.

The punishment was sparked by racist rants recorded during a conversation with this girlfriend.

“A statement like he made, shouldn't have been made even though he has money,” Boyd said.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is also calling for NBA owners, which include Tom Benson, to force Sterling to sell the team.

Saints players are also sounding off on Sterling's hateful comments.

“It’s difficult to see that going on, but you appreciate what the decision was and how it stopped that kind of racism and bigotry,” said Saints defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.

"In this day and age, it’s always great to see progress, for them to come down as harshly as they did, so swiftly,” said Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan.

Arnie Fielkow, who heads up the National Basketball Retired Players Association, also applauds the NBA commissioner's decision.

“I think the message has been sent that, again, bigotry and hatred are not going to tolerated anymore, be it in sports or any other part of society,” he said.

Basketball fans like UNO student Ricky Cruz say a swift punishment and removing Sterling from the league are necessary in moving forward.

“Just like LeBron James said and all the NBA players and Chris Paul, he needs to be gone.”

 

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