The NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from any association with the league or the Clippers, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced in a news conference Monday afternoon in New York.
Sterling may not attend games, practices or participate in any personnel decisions related to the team, Silver said. He has also been fined $2.5 million dollars — the maximum amount allowed by the league, Silver added.
Silver also said he will do everything in his power to see that a sale of the team occurs. (UPDATE: Before Silver’s announcement, Sterling told Jim Gray of Fox News that “he will not be selling the team,” Gray said. So will Sterling go quietly?)
This comes in the wake of an audio recording allegedly capturing Sterling saying a lot of racist things, a recording that followed Sterling’s extensive history of doing or saying obscenely offensive things. The NBA determined during its investigation that the voice on the recording belonged to Sterling, which Sterling acknowledged to the league, Silver said.
The recording finally pushed Sterling’s history into the spotlight and drew widespread condemnation from NBA players, owners and countless others. Multiple sponsors cut ties with the Clippers, while there were many calls for the league to announce the harshest possible punishment.
Silver said he couldn’t speak to the league’s past inaction when it came to Sterling, only saying that the league acted when this evidence came forward.
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