Boston Herald – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million. Further, processes will be set in motion to force Sterling to sell the franchise.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the sanctions moments ago at a press conference in New York. The actions come in the wake of recorded racist and sexist comments made by Sterling that were brought to light this past weekend.
He said an investigation found that the league’s longest-tenured owner was in fact the person on the audiotapes that were released over the weekend. Silver said Sterling acknowledged it as well.
Silver called Sterling’s comments and views “deeply offensive and harmful.” When asked if Sterling had expressed any remorse when the two men spoke, Silver said, “Mr. Sterling has not expressed those views to me.”
Said Silver, “We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views. They simply have no place in the NBA.”
The ban means that Sterling will not be able to attend any NBA games or practices or be present at the Clippers’ administrative offices or facilities. He won’t be able to make any decisions related to marketing or player personnel. He also won’t be able to attend any NBA Board of Governors meetings.
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