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Sixers Issue Response To Sterling's Comments

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A day before the NBA formally addresses the Donald Sterling situation, Philadelphia 76ers' managing owner Josh Harris issued a terse response to the alleged comments.

Sixers' managing owner Joshua Harris.
Sixers' managing owner Joshua Harris.
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The fallout from the racially-charged comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling continues: While the NBA will wait until tomorrow to officially respond to the now infamous voice recordings, the Philadelphia 76ers have made it abundantly clear where they stand on the issue.

The following is the full text of a statement released earlier today by Sixers' managing owner Joshua Harris (h/t @HPBasketball):

"Without question, discrimination in any form is unacceptable and has no place in the National Basketball Association or anywhere else in society. The comments were hurtful and outrageous, and in no way reflect the values and beliefs of myself, our ownership group or the Philadelphia 76ers organization.

I am confident that Commissioner Silver will undertake a thorough and thoughtful investigation into the matter."

Harris's comments fall in line with reactions from other NBA owners, including harsh rebukes from Charlotte Bobcats' owner Michael JordanMicky Arison of the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings' owner Vivek Ranadive.

The Sterling scandal is the first real test for new commissioner Adam Silver, and with the eyes of the world - and the NBA's 29 other majority owners - watching, it's clear that the league must mete out swift justice once its investigation is complete.