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NBA Bans Donald Sterling For Life

NBA commissioner Adam Silver gestures as he announces that the NBA will ban NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the sport for life and slapped Sterling with a $2.5 million fine for racist remarks heard on a video and subsequently investigated by the NBA, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in New York. (AP)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver gestures as he announces that the NBA will ban NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the sport for life. (AP)

The NBA announced that it will ban L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, for allegedly making racist remarks in a private phone call to his girlfriend. Tuesday afternoon, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the league’s decision to ban Sterling and fine him $2.5 million, the maximum allowed under the league’s constitution.

“The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” said Silver. “Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multi-ethnic league.”

Silver also announced that Sterling will not be allowed to be involved with the team. He won’t be allowed to attend any games. Silver has also asked that the NBA’s board of governors vote to force Sterling sell the team.


Gary Washburn, reporter for The Boston Globe. He tweets at @GwashburnGlobe.


WBUR: NBA Hits Clippers Owner Sterling With Lifetime Ban, $2.5 Million Fine

  • “The NBA is banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, league Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday, saying that its investigation has verified Sterling made racist comments in an audio recording that was made public Friday.”

The Boston Globe: Clippers’ Donald Sterling Banned For Life From NBA

  • “Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday.”

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  • Geheran1958

    Isn’t it ironical that one person making racially insensitive remarks in the privacy of his home that broke no laws, hurt no one, was severely punished and created a media brouhaha while countries such as Saudi Arabia have belief and educational systems that relentlessly denigrate the Jewish peoples. No amount of PC, cultural or moral relativism can mask this reality and yet the Western media willfully ignores this and other similar transgressions by the ‘religion of peace’.

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