Dan Gilbert is the latest in a growing line of NBA owners to publicly blast Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks he allegedly made caught on tape.
"It is shocking that anyone could hold the kind of offensive and feeble minded views that are being attributed allegedly to the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling," Gilbert said in a statement late Monday night. "The diverse staff members of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise are unified in encouraging Commissioner Silver and the NBA to respond with swift and appropriate action consistent with a strong zero tolerance approach to this type of reprehensible behavior."
Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson will hold his own press conference at 3 p.m., ESPN reported. Johnson has been assisting the players association through this Sterling controversy.
Gilbert’s statement comes after multiple NBA owners spoke up over the last few days, including Sacramento’s Vivek Ranadive, Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, Indiana’s Herb Simon, Portland’s Paul Allen, Philadelphia’s Josh Harris, the Lakers’ Jeanie Buss, Dallas' Mark Cuban and Houston's Leslie Alexander.
All have blasted the 80-year-old Sterling for his views toward minorities.