Fans, players, owners, advertisers—all eyes will be watching on Tuesday when Commissioner Adam Silver announces possible action by the NBA against Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling over racist comments he allegedly made in a secretly recorded conversation.
A suspension of indefinite length and a hefty fine—Silver can issue one of up to $1 million without approval from owners—are possible options. However, it remains unclear how far Silver's powers extend at this point, even though the NBA constitution gives the commissioner's office the clout to protect the game's best interest.
Sterling has come under fire for comments he is alleged to have made in a recorded conversation with a woman. Portions of that conversation were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin, leading to a national outcry.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called Sterling's purported comments about minorities "abhorrent" but said he didn't think the NBA could force him out as owner.
"What Donald said was wrong," Cuban said. "There's no place for racism in the NBA, any business I'm associated with. But at the same time, that's a decision I make. I think you've got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It's a very, very slippery slope."