Donald Sterling banned for life from NBA, fined $2.5 million

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The NBA has determined that recorded, racist remarks released over the weekend were those of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday.

The NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and is fining him $2.5 million — the maximum fine allowed under the league’s constitution — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday. That ban would, among other things, keep Sterling from games, practices and from going to Clippers facilities.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he would ask the league’s board of governors to “force a sale” of the Clippers and that he would do “everything in my power” to ensure that a sale happens.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling acknowledged to Silver that “it was his voice on the tape.”

After being asked whether Sterling had anything else to say, Silver said he “has not expressed to me, directly, any other views.”

The punishments announced Tuesday against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling took into account only the recorded racist remarks released this month, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. But when the NBA’s board of governors considers his overall fitness to be a team owner, it will also take into account his past behavior, Silver said.

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