Sterling controversy catapults Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson onto national stage

The episode has been a deeply personal one for Johnson. Not only is he a former NBA star, he is also Sacramento’s first African American mayor and a man whose office at City Hall is filled with history books on race relations.

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar embraces Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson during a news conference Tuesday at City Hall in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti holds a news conference Tuesday at Los Angeles City Hall, flanked by former and current professional basketball players, as he speaks about a lifetime ban imposed by the NBA on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Background center is Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, right, speaks with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during a Kings game in February in Sacramento. Ranadive says he supports to strong moves Silver took in response to Donald Sterling’s objectionable comments.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reads a statement during a news conference, in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that he is banning Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers organization, in response to racist comments the league says he made in an audio recording.


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