Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Fined $2.5M and Banned for Life by NBA


Published 04/29 2014 01:51PM

Updated 04/29 2014 01:53PM

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will be banned for life and fined $2.5 million for racist comments, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday.

"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views," Silver said. "They simply have no place in the NBA."

The move comes after days of outrage at ugly words attributed to Sterling from a taped conversation with an ex-girlfriend.

The comments, where the octogenarian owner seemed to say he didn't want his much-younger girlfriend hanging out with Black people on Instagram or bringing them to games, were first reported by TMZ and then in another recording posted on the sports website Deadspin.

At the press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner Silver said an investigation had confirmed that the voice on the tapes and the "hateful opinions voiced" were those of Sterling.

"Shortly after the release of an audio recording his past Saturday morning, of a conversation that allegedly included Clipper owner Donald Sterling, the NBA commenced an investigation, which among other things including an interview of Mr. Sterling," said Silver.

"That investigation is now complete," he said.

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