New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NBA has slapped a lifetime ban on Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling, aside from a $2.5 million fine, for his racist comments in an audio recording that surfaced recently.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the unprecedented announcement Tuesday during a press conference after a comprehensive investigation on the matter. During the course of the investigation, Silver said Sterling confirmed it was his voice on the tape.
With the punishment, 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.
Silver said Sterling also cannot participate in any league business going forward.
“I am urging the NBA Board of Governors to force the sale of the team,” said Silver, adding that the discipline issued is based on conclusion that Sterling violated league rules through his expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.
The fine was the maximum allowed under current NBA constitution and Silver added he has the full support of other NBA owners regarding the punishment.
In a statement, the Clippers said that the team “wholeheartedly” supports the discipline.
“We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today,” the Clippers’ statement said. “Now the healing process begins.”
“I agree 100% with Commissioner Silver’s findings and the actions taken against Donald Sterling,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted shortly after the announcement.
“Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life,” tweeted former Lakers great Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “Former and current NBA players are very happy and satisfied with Commissioner Silver’s ruling.”