NBA Racial Speech Purge Just Beginning, Attorney Says

NBA Racial Speech Purge Just Beginning, Attorney Says

In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson cheers from the stands in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Atlanta. Levenson said Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, he is selling his controlling interest in the team, in part due to an inflammatory email he said he wrote in an attempt "to bridge Atlanta's racial sports divide." (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson cheers from the stands in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Atlanta. Levenson said Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, he is selling his controlling interest in the team, in part due to an inflammatory email he said he wrote in an attempt “to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

 

(USA Today) – Two different NBA owners have been toppled in the past four weeks because of racially radioactive comments they’ve made in recent years.

But that’s just the beginning, according to Bobby Samini, an attorney for former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Samini predicts even more casualties will result from the new racial speech standard set by the NBA against his client.

“We engaged private investigators. It’s no secret to anybody,” Samini told USA TODAY Sports. “I would never discuss what their findings were or anything of that nature. It wouldn’t be appropriate, but what I can tell you is that my sense is that this is just the beginning. There’s not a single owner in the league who doesn’t have an e-mail, a conversation, a conference call comment, that by this standard that’s been established by (NBA Commissioner) Adam Silver, that wouldn’t completely taint them.”

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