Donald Sterling became a household name because of racial comments he made to his girlfriend in private. The thing that made it worse is he was the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers at the time and his girlfriend recorded him. When the tapes were released for everyone to hear the outrage began. The tapes upset everybody including players and coaches of the Clippers. New NBA commissioner Adam Silver acted quickly banning Sterling for life from any NBA related event and forced him to sell his share of the team. Silver was praised by many and did a good job of putting back together a huge mess.