NBA Commissioner Adam Silver bans Clippers owner for life
In the wake of the comments allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the NBA commissioner has banned him for life from the NBA.In a press conference Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed Sterling had been banned for life and fined $2.5 million for racist remarks.Silver said the NBA's investigation unveiled that comments recorded earlier this month and released to TMZ belonged to Sterling. Silver also said he would urge the board of governors of the Clippers to encourage Sterling to sell the team.The NBA wrapped up a three-day investigation into the remarks to his ex-mistress, V. Stiviano. The investigation revealed that Sterling told Stiviano she should not bring black people to Clippers games, as well as made other racist statements directed at African Americans while being recorded.Silver called Sterling's comments and views "deeply offensive and harmful."He said a league investigation found that the league's longest-tenured owner was in fact the person on the audiotapes that were released over the weekend."We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views," Silver said. "They simply have no place in the NBA."Sterling acknowledged he was the man on the tape, Silver said.Sterling is immediately barred from attending any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.He also cannot participate in any league business going forward."This league is far bigger than any one owner, any one coach and any one player," Silver said.The fine will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association, Silver said.Sterling's comments were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin, and numerous NBA owners and players have condemned them. Even President Barack Obama weighed in on the crisis, the first of Silver's brief tenure as commissioner.Before Silver took the podium, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted out a photo of the NBA Constitution, saying "It exists for a reason."The announcement of the sanctions came just hours before the Clippers will play Golden State in Game 5 of a knotted-up Western Conference first-round playoff series.Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.