HOUSTON (FOX 26) -
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander suggested that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling be forced out of the NBA if possible in the wake of the racist comments he allegedly made in a tape-recorded conversation;
Alexander said he met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Sunday night in Portland and both agreed Sterling should be "severely punished" if he is guilty of making racist comments.
Sterling allegedly made the racist comments during a recorded conversation, audio only, which were initially aired in part by TMZ and then later by Deadspin.
Alexander spoke with Commissioner Silver during game four of the Rockets-Trailblazers series in Portland.
"I discussed it with the commissioner (Sunday night) at the game," Alexander said. "We both feel that Donald Sterling has to be severely punished.
"His actions are reprehensible. It's beyond anything, and we're going to punish him very, very severely. Maybe, if we can take him out We don't know.
"Take him out of the league if we possible could."
Alexander acknowledged removing Sterling as an owner may not be realistic.
"I don't know," Alexander said. "I don't think so under the constitution, but who knows."
The NBA has yet to announce if the league has been able to prove if the man's voice on the tape belongs to Donald Sterling.
"Obviously, I'm saying this assuming that's his voice," Alexander said.
And if that is the case Alexander said the NBA should consider allowing the players on the Clippers roster who do not want to play for Sterling to become free agents.
"I think the players, probably all of them don't want to work for a person like that," Alexander said.
"So therefore they shouldn't be forced to work for him. So if they want to they can become free agents and if they don't want to become free agents they still can keep their contracts."
Alexander said Commissioner Silver considered that a "novel idea" and "he hadn't thought about it and he was digesting it as I was telling him."
According to the Associated Press the attorney representing the woman allegedly on the tape maintains that the recording is legitimate and that the man on the tape is Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
"It's really sad for the league, especially when the playoffs are the greatest playoffs in the history of our game," Alexander said.
"To have this black mark on us is really terrible."
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