Donald Sterling has been banned from the NBA for life after the phone call recording with his girlfriend was released to the public by TMZ.
The NBA and new commissioner Adam Silver announced today that it has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million, the maximum amount, after he was recorded making racist comments.
Silver says he spoke to several players, coaches and owners before deciding on the lifetime ban.
As for the ban, Sterling will not be allowed to attend any NBA games or practices ever again … and will not be permitted inside any team facilities. The ban does not apply to his family members however.
“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during a news conference in New York.
Silver also said he would immediately recommend to the NBA Board of Governors that they force a sale of the Clippers and that he would do “everything in [his] power to ensure that happens.”
The 80 year old Donald Sterling, has owned the Clippers franchise since 1981, when they played in San Diego.
Sterling banned for life after this audio was leaked to the public by TMZ
The money collected from the $2.5 million fine will be donated to anti-discrimination groups, the commissioner announced.
“As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. Sterling may not attend 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. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity,” said Silver.
Sterling Banned From NBA For Life & Fined 2.5 Million – Money Will Go To Anti Discrimination Group.