Tampa, Florida -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments over the weekend have upset more than just basketball fans. Local former athletes have chimed in on the NBA owner's outburst.
"The NBA should really be ashamed of themselves for letting him be in that pulse," said former Buccaneers offensive lineman Ian Beckles. "I just don't see him being the owner of the Clippers anymore. I just don't see how that could happen."
WATCH 10 Sports' full interview with former Bucs player Ian Beckles below:
10 Sports full interview with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Ian Beckles on Donald Sterling's alleged racist comments.
The Clippers lost their first round playoff game to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday by 21 points. Before the game, the team took off their team-issued warmup tops and laid them on the floor at midcourt in protest. They also turned their shirts inside out before the game to keep the Clippers logo from showing.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in Memphis that he would give Sterling "due process" just as he would for anyone in the league when it comes to investigating an off-the-court issue. The league announced on Monday that a decision will be made about Sterling's future and possible punishment before the Clippers play again on Tuesday.
"If it's true, it really is unfortunate," said former Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott. "You never want to be associated with people like that."