NBA bans Sterling for life

By Muckety

April 29, 2014 at 1:52pm

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling had been banned for life because of racist comments.

At a press conference, Silver said Sterling would also be fined $2.5 million, the maximum permitted under league rules.

The NBA decision followed outrage by fans, protests by players and cancellations by advertisers. The furor began last week, after TMZ published audio containing racist comments by Sterling to his girlfriend.

“We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views,” Silver said Tuesday. “They simply have no place in the NBA.”

He said he would urge the league’s governing board to force Sterling to sell the team.

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