In wake of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s recent racist statements, the NBA has come to a decision — a ban for life.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday (April 29) that they’ve banned Sterling from the NBA and issued a $2.5 million fine… and says he will try to force the controversial owner to sell the franchise.
“I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners I need to remove him,” Silver said.
The decision comes just three days after the scandal broke, thanks to leaked recordings of Sterling telling his girlfriend to not associate with “minorities,” including black people.
It’s the harshest penalty ever issued by the league and one of the stiffest punishments ever given to an owner in professional sports. “We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views,” Silver said. “They simply have no place in the NBA.”
The commissioner also said that Sterling acknowledged he was the man on the tape.
Effective immediately, Sterling is barred from attending any NBA games or practices, being present at any Clippers office or facility, or participating in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He also cannot participate in any league business going forward.