"On behalf of the Miller family, we support the decisive action by Commissioner Silver and the NBA to reaffirm that there is no place for racism and hatred in our league. The Jazz organization and all the teams in the NBA should act as national leaders in promoting inclusiveness and diversity. We have a responsibility in our communities to fight against discrimination and ignorance and showcase sports as an example of respect and tolerance. While this situation has been inexcusable, I hope it serves the greater purpose of reinforcing our vigilance against this type of behavior.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver instituted a lifetime ban for Sterling and fined him $2.5 million for racist comments made privately to his girlfriend. Silver said he will also force Sterling to sell the team, which requires a 3/4 approval of the NBA owners.