There’s a reason Adam Silver is now the Commissioner of the NBA, and he has only strengthened his standing in the eyes everyone. His accountability (he said that “I apologize” very early on in the press conference), swift condemnation of Sterling (that his words were “deeply offensive and harmful...heightens the damage and my personal outrage”), and overall tone clearly set Silver apart and justified the strong sanctions that followed.

The next move is the forced sale of the Clippers, which will require the consent of 75 percent of the owners (at least 22). Silver said that he “will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens,” and has already mobilized the standing committee that handles such matters, which is chaired by Timberwolves’ owner Glen Taylor.

While Mark Cuban has said that this type of action could be a “slippery slope,” in this case it is warranted and should receive ample support.