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NBA快船老板涉种族主义言论遭终身禁赛

2014-04-30    来源:xinhua    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Sterling banned for life by NBA

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday for his racist remarks recorded in his conversation with his girlfriend.

Sterling was banned from any association with the Clippers and the NBA and was fined 2.5 million dollars, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution.

"Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at a news conference here on Tuesday afternoon.

Silver also announced that he will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.

"The owners have the authority subject to three quarters vote of the ownership group, of the partners, to remove him as an owner," Silver said. "I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him."

Sterling acknowledged it was his voice on the tape, and he has not expressed to me directly any other views, Silver said.

This is one of the most severe punishments ever taken by a league to an owner in professional sports. Former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was banned from running the team in 1996 by the Major Baseball League after several racist comments.

 

 

The NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.

Magic Johnson, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and Miami Heat player LeBron James had condemned Sterling and Kevin Johnson, Sacramento Major and National Basketball Players Association search committee chairman, said the players wanted the NBA to do the most to punish Sterling.

"I talked to several players before rendering my decision. I believe the players will be satisfied with the decision and the renderings that we've made today," Silver said. "We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views. They simply have no place in the NBA."

Twelve companies had suspended their sponsorship with the Clippers since the scandal.

"Those marketing partners of the Clippers and partners of the entire NBA should judge us by our response to this incident, and I think we've responded appropriately," Silver said.

Silver said the penalty is specifically to Sterling and there have been no decisions about other members of the Sterling family.

The Clippers will face the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night in their Game 5 at home. The series was tied 2-2. The Clippers' website is labelled with one message "We Are One" after the decision was announced.

"This has all happened in three days, and so I'm hopeful that there will be no long term damage to the league and to the Clippers' organization. I certainly understand other people's outrage, and appropriate healing will be necessary. I can understand how upset they are, and I'll do my best to bring them back into the NBA family," Silver added. (xinhua)

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NBA29日宣布,洛杉矶快船队老板唐纳德·斯特林被终身禁止涉足一切与快船队以及NBA有关的事务,并被罚款250万美元。

NBA总裁亚当·席尔瓦宣布,他将敦促NBA的老板们行使权利,强迫斯特林出售球队。根据NBA章程,这需要得到董事会3/4成员的赞同票。如果斯特林不肯乖乖就范,他还可以诉诸法律。

席尔瓦说:“斯特林先生将永远被不允许(到现场)观看任何NBA的比赛或者训练,不能进入快船队的办公室或任何办公领域,不能涉足任何球队或者球员的事务,不能参加NBA董事会会议或者任何与联赛相关的活动。250万美元的罚款是NBA章程允许的最高罚金,这些钱将被捐赠给致力于反种族歧视的组织或者活动,这些活动和组织的选择由NBA和球员工会共同决定。”

NBA周二在纽约曼哈顿的希尔顿中城酒店召开了这次令人瞩目的发布会,吸引了众多当地和国际媒体。席尔瓦说,经过NBA的确认,证实此前流出的斯特林带有种族歧视言论的录音确为斯特林本人的录音。他的言论令人憎恶,严重损害了联赛的形象,他个人对此非常愤慨。

“我个人非常气愤,因为我们是一个在种族关系问题上一直以领袖身份自居的组织,而斯特林先生的言论让球员、教练、球迷和赞助商伙伴们质疑我们的联赛,”席尔瓦说。“我要向那些在这项工作上做出很多贡献的先驱者们表示道歉,这是一个NBA大家族每个成员都非常难过的时刻。我们一起谴责斯特林先生的言论,他们这些人和言论在NBA不容存在。”

人们最关心的是斯特林受到这样的惩罚后,是否会乖乖地出售球队,NBA是否有这个权利。因为此前美国职业联赛中只有棒球联赛出现过类似的案例,而那个受处罚的棒球队老板是在三年后才出售球队的。席尔瓦说他还没有在董事会中做民意调查,但NBA的规程规定,如果超过3/4董事会成员同意一件事情的处罚决定,那么他们是可以强迫被处罚人接受的。席尔瓦私下里与几个球队老板沟通过,他说这些老板都全力支持他的决定。

斯特林在上周六被揭露训斥他的女朋友将她和魔术师约翰逊的照片发到网上,而且说不希望再有黑人来看快船的比赛。之后美国媒体又报出另一份斯特林的录音,内容也涉及歧视黑人。以房地产发家的斯特林还曾经两次因为种族歧视被起诉,因为他禁止他名下的公司出租公寓给拉美裔和带孩子的家庭,一次被判巨额赔偿,一次庭外和解。席尔瓦说NBA从上周六开始调查此事,直到周二早上他才做出最后的决定,也就是现在公布的决定。

席尔瓦说他的这个决定是在与快船队球员、教练和很多其他相关人员交流后做出的。“我和克里斯·保罗谈过,和快船队其他球员谈过,单独与(快船队教练)道格·里夫斯谈过,还和(萨克拉门托市长,前NBA球员)凯文·约翰逊谈过很多次,我相信球员们会满意我们的这个决定。如果将来有球员不想再为快船队打球了,我们会帮助他们解决合同问题。”

迄今,已经有12个赞助商退出快船队的赞助。席尔瓦说:“我想快船队的赞助商和我们联赛的合作伙伴们可以从我们今天的决定做出判断,我相信我们的决定能让他们满意,希望他们能尽快返回。我想给快船队的球迷带一句话,这个联赛不是哪个老板的,哪个教练的或者哪个球员的。我们的理念已经存在了很多年,而且还会继续存在下去,我相信道格·里夫斯、快船队俱乐部和快船队球员经历了难以想象的困难,他们应该得到最大的支持。”



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