Local Coach, Student Call NBA Punishment on Racism a Learning Moment

Updated: 04/29/2014 10:23 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 9:42 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The NBA does not tolerate racism. That message was sent loud and clear after it banned LA clippers owner Donald Sterling for life. We talked with a local coach and students who say there's a good lesson to be learned from this.

The NBA wants Los Angeles Clipper's owner Donald Sterling gone. The league Tuesday pressuring Sterling to give up the team. Punishment for Sterling's now infamous alleged racist rant.

"When you heard it you thought geez am I back in the Civil War time period,” said Myron Glass, a retired basketball coach at Lourdes High School in Rochester. Myron says Tuesday’s decision has been the topic of conversation among students.

"It's absolutely necessary that he is ban from the NBA. I think that's a very good punishment. For him to be making comments like that is just inappropriate and ridiculous,” said student, Michael Brandt. 

"Most people knew it was going to come down very hard, being a new commissioner, he had to come down really hard on him,” said Glass. 

Glass says he almost hopes other team owners to force him to sell the team. "It's just kind of an insult to us as a people and us coaches around the country,” said Glass. 

He says out of all this controversy comes a lesson. A lesson of race relations and the importance of equality among future generations. "The more you address it, you know the better it is,” said Glass. 

Many believing the NBA's swift action has a greater purpose.

"Set a precedent that these kind of comments are inappropriate and shouldn't be allowed,” said Brandt. 

All the people we talked with today think Sterling's punishment is deserved. Do you agree or think the league was too harsh? Join in the conversation on our Facebook page.

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