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News Posted on May 1, 2014

Dean Johnson Comments for Christian Science Monitor and CBS-13 on NBA and Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for the Christian Science Monitor and Sacramento television station CBS-13 on the controversy surrounding the National Basketball Association and Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who is alleged to have made racist comments in a taped conversation.

Commenting for the Christian Science Monitor in an article published April 28, Dean Johnson said that although there would be pressure to force Sterling to sell the team, "this would be a severe sanction," and that "the NBA may look at some other possibilities as well, including a suspension from management activities ... prohibiting him from attending games, a substantial fine, or possible charitable contributions to organizations like the NAACP or Urban League."

The following day, the NBA announced that Sterling would be fined and banned from attending games. In an interview with CBS-13, Dean Johnson said that Sterling's statements were "a reminder to us all that we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to civil rights progress and that the job is not going to be done in this generation, or maybe the next."

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.

Christian Science Monitor