Down For The Count: NBA Commissioner to Comment on Donald Sterling’s Racist Comments to Girlfriend

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to discuss the league’s investigation of racist comments purportedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling during a recorded conversation with a female companion.

While the voice has yet to be independently verified as Sterling’s, Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Sterling’s wife are among those who say they believe it is him speaking.

It is Silver’s first true test as NBA commissioner, and he vowed the league would “move extraordinarily quickly in our investigation.”

A breakdown of the key elements heading into the press conference:

SILVER’S AUTHORITY: Silver said last weekend that he has broad authority to address issues with owners that threaten the game’s best interests. But it remains unclear how far Silver’s powers can reach so early in the process.

SUSPENSIONS: There is precedent, in the NBA and other professional sports leagues, for an owner to be suspended. If Sterling is suspended, he would be unable to attend games or team functions for the duration of the suspension and would likely have to appoint someone to take over the day-to-day operations of the team.

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