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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday that the league will move “extraordinarily quickly” in its investigation into a racist rant delivered by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, but added he was not prepared to discuss potential sanctions against him until the investigation was complete.
“We intend to get to the bottom of it as quickly as possible.” Silver said during a press conference.
Silver also said Sterling has agreed not to attend his team’s playoff game Sunday in Oakland.
The Clippers return to Los Angeles on Tuesday, and asked by a reporter if the NBA’s investigation would be completed by then, Silver said he hoped to have the situation wrapped up in “the next few days.”
Audio of Sterling making racist comments surfaced via TMZ Friday evening, sparking a media storm. He has been condemned by NBA icons such as Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, as well as political figures including Rev. Al Sharpton and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Sterling has also come under fire from the NAACP California State Conference, which is urging its L.A. branch to nix a lifetime achievement award he is set to receive May 15.
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