The Orlando Magic have joined a growing list of NBA teams that are standing with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's recommendation to force Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.
"We are whole-heartedly behind Adam's recommendation and plan to vote accordingly," Magic Chairman Dan DeVos said in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday afternoon.
The team also joined with others across the NBA in changing the welcome page on its website, OrlandoMagic.com, to display the statement, "We are one" -- displaying league unity in dealing with the Sterling matter.
Earlier, the team issued a news release in support of Sliver's decision to suspend Sterling for life, fine him $2.5 million and revoke his team ownership because of racial comments the owner made on a recording made public.
"The Orlando Magic feel the recent reprehensible comments by Donald Sterling were absolutely unacceptable and do not reflect the values and beliefs of our organization or our league," the Magic said. "We applaud the leadership of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, as well as Head Coach Doc Rivers and his players, who are at the epicenter of the situation."
According to the Los Angeles Times, owners for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls were just some of the ones voicing immediate support for Silver's decision.
Pelicans owner Tom Benson said in a statement his team would "fully support [Silver's] recommendations moving forward."
Three-fourths of the NBA's owners would have to approve before Sterling could be forced to sell the Clippers, something Silver could not do on his own.
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