Reggie Love, a former Duke University basketball player who used to serve as President Obama’s personal aide, said the NBA responded “appropriately” to Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s derogatory remarks about minorities.

The ex-Obama “body man” told ITK Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver “responded quickly and appropriately.”


Sterling has drawn widespread condemnation for leaked tapes in which he says in a conversation with a female companion that he was “bothered” the woman was “associating with black people.”

Last week, the NBA announced Sterling had been banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million for the comments. NBA owners can now reportedly vote to terminate Sterling’s ownership of the L.A. basketball team, and force the 80-year-old businessman to sell it. 

“Sports in our country has done such a great job for sort of breaking down racial barriers,” Love said at the star-studded brunch in Georgetown, traditionally held the morning of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. 

“I think [Silver] delivered the right message,” Love said, “and hopefully the owners will vote accordingly.”