Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said today that the NBA's move to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling shows that the league has "zero tolerance" for racism.
At a news conference in Los Angeles following the NBA's announcement that Sterling has been banned for life from the association, Johnson said, "There will be zero tolerance for institutional racism."
Johnson, a former NBA All-Star, emerged as a leading spokesman for NBA players during the Sterling controversy.
The players spoke, they acted and they were listened to" he said, referring to the pressure applied by players after Sterling's comments were aired.
He also lauded Silver. "We're proud to call him our commissioner," Johnson said.
"I hope every bigot in this country saw what happened to Mr. Sterling," Johnson said.
Johnson appeared with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with several NBA luminaries such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar.