Soon after the NBA announced that Clippers owner Donald Sterling would be banned from the league and taking part in league activities for life, the Los Angeles Clippers adjusted their team website to show they’re united as one despite the owner’s racist ways.
“We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins.”
Since Sterling was outed by his ex-girlfriend, the Clippers players and staffing has done their best to separate themselves as a different entity from their loose cannon owner rather than be seen as an equal. They took a stand in pre-game conference by not accepting Sterling’s behavior as their own and speaking out against his actions. During the pre-game warmups, the team made a bold statement which, again, separated themselves from the owner. And now they’re putting the final nail in the coffin.
As stated in their comment, this is the beginning of a long healing process. Does it end now that a punishment has been handed out? No. This dark shadow fill follow over the team until the playoffs ends and surely into the offseason, but with a championship as a goal, they’ll have to push it to the back of their minds until the journey comes to an end.
This is a powerful image. Some may think it’s too passive, but considering the circumstances and how quickly the team has been forced to react, this is perfect.