Weeks after the controversy that caused NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ban
Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, former Citi-Group Chairman Dick
Parsons was appointed interim CEO of the LA Clippers.
66 year-old Parsons, a Brooklyn native, released the following statement:
“Like most Americans, I have been deeply troubled by the pain the Clippers’ team, fans and partners have endured,” Parsons, who is African-American, said in a statement. “A lifelong fan of the NBA, I am firmly committed to the values and principles it is defending, and I completely support Adam’s leadership in navigating the challenges facing the team and the league.
“The Clippers are a resilient organization with a brilliant coach and equally talented and dedicated athletes and staff who have demonstrated great strength of character during a time of adversity. I am honored to be asked to work with them, build on their values and accomplishments, and help them open a new, inspiring era for their team.”
Sterling was banned and will be forced to sell his shares in the Clippers after making racist remarks last month against African American basketball players. He was also fined $2.5 million.
Read more at the NY Daily News.