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*(Via USA Today) – Adam Silver (pictured) just had his first big test as NBA Commissioner.

And he failed. Miserably.

Silver could have sent a strong message Saturday by suspending Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling while the NBA investigates whether it was, indeed, Sterling making racist and offensive comments on an audiotape obtained by TMZ, Instead, he hid behind due process, continuing the NBA’s longstanding practice of failing to confront Sterling and his racist behavior.

“All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy,” Silver said.

Let me make this clear: There is no “side” to this. If Sterling is the man on the audiotape, Silver should ban him from the NBA immediately. And permanently

Silver may not be able to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. But he can – and should – make it clear that Sterling and his reprehensible beliefs are no longer welcome in the NBA. If the new commissioner doesn’t have the stomach to do that, then the other 29 owners must step up.

As LeBron James put it so eloquently, “There’s no room for Donald Sterling in the NBA — there is no room for him.”

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H/T to Regina Waynes Joseph (www.rwjosephlaw.com) for hipping us to this story.