Goodbye Donald Sterling! On Tuesday morning, NBA commissioner, Adam Silver announced to the nation that the Clippers owner will no longer be associated with the NBA. Silver was stern in his response, calling Sterling’s racial remarks “deeply offensive and harmful”
“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” Silver said. “Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.”
“He will also be barred from attending NBA board of Governors meetings or participating in any other league activity. I am also fining Mr. Sterling 2.5 million dollars, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA constitution. These funds will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti discrimination intolerance efforts jointly selected by the NBA and its players association.
“As for Mr. Sterling’s ownership interest in the Clippers, I will urge the board of governors to exercise its authority to force a sell of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens.”
Sterling came under fire for making disparaging and racist remarks about Black people which was released in its entirety. The Clippers will take on the Golden State Warriors tonight for a highly anticipated game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series.
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