NBA says racists can GTFO

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Thankfully, Donald Sterling's tenure as an NBA franchise owner is a giant step closer to its conclusion.

On Tuesday, commissioner Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban and $2.5M fine - the maximum allowable penalty - for the Clippers' racist owner.

Silver added that he will seek approval from league owners to force Sterling to sell the team, and that he "fully expect(s)" to receive such support.

Of course, it's a safe bet that Silver already knows precisely how much support he has from his bosses, who already heard from the league's sponsors.

NBA players stood behind the decision, with the six teams active on Tuesday night apparently prepared to have boycotted their playoff games if a weaker punishment had been handed down.

As for concerns that Sterling is being punished for comments made in private, Silver says the NBA's longest tenured owner offered neither remorse nor an apology for his despicable sentiments.

In other words, Sterling has owned those fateful words, and now, he'll wear them forever.

How does this relate to the NFL?

As Mike Florio sees it, Silver's bold move set a precedent for punishing franchise owners who express similarly toxic views.

In a statement, the Oneida Nation declared that the NBA had cleared the path for the NFL to finally rid the Washington franchise of its blatantly racist name.

 NFL owners are apparently divided on the topic, but Jarrett Bell says it's never too late for them to do the right thing.

Broncos

Troy Renck discusses the growth of Malik Jackson as a player.

Andrew Mason examines the Broncos' depth in the secondary.

Jeff Legwold looks back at Denver's history of drafting players at #31 and says the team is essentially in the same position it was a year ago. Okay.

Peyton Manning will be a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman for the final time on Monday.

News

Fifth-year options were exercised by Miami (C Mike Pouncey) and Atlanta (WR Julio Jones).

Seattle worked out DT Kevin Williams; New England is hosting TE Dustin Keller.

Draft

Doug Farrar scouts Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater; Mike Tanier studies UCF QB Blake Bortles; Matt Bowen lists a handful of his favorite prospects.

Eric Edholm ranks offensive linemen; Nate Davis discusses interior linemen, focusing on UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo.

The SI guys consider Stanford lineman David Yankey to be a "safe" option for Denver at #31, with PSU wideout Allen Robinson a potential "surprise" choice there.

Analysis

According to FO's data, Denver's defense was fourth best in avoiding broken tackles in 2013, with Wesley Woodyard and Danny Trevathan ranking among the best linebackers.

Due to their SB appearance and lack of comp picks, Bill Barnwell finds that Denver has the fifth lowest amount of draft capital heading into next week.

Robert Mays and Jason Fitzgerald react to the extension given Earl Thomas by Seattle, with Mays offering some thoughts on T.J. Ward as well.

Andrew Brandt and Robert Klemko discuss the devaluation of running backs in the NFL.

Dan Pompei looks back at Al Davis's obsession with speed.

Chase Stuart offers a remembrance of the late Earl Morrall.

Tanier explains what the NFL could do with an extra month to work with.

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