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Local Fans React To Sterling Ban

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SALISBURY, Md.-Even though the Los Angeles Clippers play on the other side of the country, local basketball fans on Delmarva are weighing on in the lifetime ban for Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Charles Burton had his eyes glued to a television at The Greene Turtle in Salisbury during NBA commissioner Adam Silver's announcement.

"That was a call that I imagine they really had to consider, probably a whole board of members," Burton said. "I think he knew better, so the crime, if you will, fits the punishment."

Burtons supports the lifetime NBA ban, $2.5 million fine and the push to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, but not everyone feels the same way.

"Selling the team is going a little bit far because he's got a family but i think he should be banned for life and let somebody else run the team," said basketball fan Joel Stephenson.

Stephenson's friend Gail Stout was not in agreement. "It's time to put down the people who are, who come from a generation or two generations back with opinions that we long ago outlawed," she said.

For Burton he says the harsh punishment punishment is about the message the NBA wants to send to its fans. "Because he represents such a large organization, i think the tolerance for it, especially with the demographics of the league it's probably best to keep those comments to himself."
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