Mayor Ballard calls alleged remarks by Sterling "totally unacceptable"
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, who acts as chair of the Mayors Professional Sports Alliance, is calling alleged remarks by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling "totally unacceptable."
In a statement issued Tuesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Ballard said, "The nation's mayors find the alleged statements made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to be totally unacceptable. We do not believe that this kind of behavior is acceptable in the National Basketball Association or any of our major sports leagues. We call for The NBA Commissioner to take swift and appropriate action."
An audio recording surfaced of a man identified as Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games. The NBA says it's investigating what was said, and will make an announcement later Tuesday.
Meantime, the NAACP wants a meeting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver to discuss Sterling and the racist comments he allegedly made in a recorded conversation.
The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Roslyn M. Brock, the chair of the NAACP National Board of Directors. She says the NAACP wants to talk to Silver about what it calls, quote, "the influence and impact of racism in the National Basketball Association."
This comes as the organization's Los Angeles chapter withdrew its decision to give Sterling a lifetime achievement award, and returned money he donated. Brock says the situation reminds us "racism and bigotry are still alive and well in all corners of society."
Pacers owner Herb Simon weighed in yesterday, calling the alleged remarks "appalling."