Tom Benson supports Sterling punishment

Tom Benson supports Sterling punishment

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METAIRIE, LA - MAY 24: Owner Tom Benson of the New Orleans Saints looks on as players and coaches are interviewed by the media after OTA's at the Saints Practice Facility on May 24, 2012 in Metairie, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 2:41 PM

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NEW ORLEANS -- Less than hour after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver handed down a lifetime ban for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist comments, New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson issued a statement in support of the punishment.

"In light of the serious matter facing our league, a matter than transcends sports, the New Orleans Pelicans fully support the decisions made today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and will fully support his recommendations moving forward," Benson said in a statement.

Silver said at the press conference intends to force Sterling to sell the franchise. Part of the process would require a majority of team owners to agree to force Sterling to sell the team.  Benson's statement is a sign that he would vote in agreement to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.

 

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