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Monday, April 28, 2014

Sixers owner Joshua Harris releases statement in regard to allegations surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling

(Christopher A. Vito)
76ers owner Joshua Harris has made a statement in advance of a Tuesday press conference called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, during which Silver is expected to address racist comments that have been attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

“Without question, discrimination in any form is unacceptable and has no place in the National Basketball Association or anywhere else in society,” Harris said Monday, in a statement issued by the Sixers. “The comments were hurtful and outrageous, and in no way reflect the values and beliefs of myself, our ownership group or the Philadelphia 76ers organization.

“I am confident that Commissioner Silver will undertake a thorough and thoughtful investigation into the matter.” 

Silver is expected to meet with reporters Tuesday regarding Sterling, allegedly of whom a partial recording was leaked to entertainment website TMZ and later, in full, to Deadspin. Sterling has denied that the voice on the recording is his. (Audio of the blatantly racist comments can be heard here.) The first-year commissioner, Silver is said to be seeking quick action on the allegations, which would seem to be in compliance with requests from the NBA’s players union.

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