NBA comes down on Donald Sterling for racist comments

NEW YORK, NY (KOIN 6) — National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver handed LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling a lifetime ban from any NBA or LA Clippers events, as well as a $2.5 million fine.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP)

An investigation found the voice on recordings voicing deeply racist comments was in fact Sterling’s.

‘We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views, they simply have no place in the NBA,’ said Silver. 

Silver said he will urge the NBA’s board of governors to force Sterling, who has owned the team since 1981, to sell the Clippers.

Silver said he would do everything in his power to force the sale, and that he had “full support” of NBA owners.

The comments are “deeply offensive and harmful,” said Silver.

More than a dozen sponsors have dropped the Clippers in the three days since the controversy over Sterling’s comments began.

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