NBA bans Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life and fined $2.5 million for his recorded remarks.

Silver said Sterling admitted to making the racist comments in the audio recording.

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Photo: Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers and V. Stiviano on May 19, 2013. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Each side understands exactly what’s at stake and where potentially there is movement in order to try to get a deal done… We both understand that if we don’t make our best offers in the next few days, we’re going to be at the point where we’re going to be causing damage to the game, to ourselves, and they’re going to be out paychecks.
—  NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver • Discussing the negotiations between NBA players and team owners, which have reached a critical stage with the regularly scheduled start of the season looming. Ownership claims to have lost a combined $300 million last season, and have pushed for new rules on the salary cap and division of revenues, wanting to guarantee the players only 46% of team revenue rather than their former 57%. source (viafollow)

Donald Sterling Banned For Life

On Saturday, the NBA launched an investigation into racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, outré owner of the Los Angeles Clippers since 1981. This afternoon, league commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling had therein admitted to making the comments, in which he told his girlfriend that he is bothered that her Instagrams include black people, namely Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

Accordingly, Silver said Sterling is now banned for life from any affiliation with the NBA. He cannot attend any league activity, including practices and games. Sterling will also be fined $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed by the organization.

Sterling is worth around $1.9 billion, and remains, at least for now, the owner of the team.

“I will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team,” Silver said, “and do everything in my power to see that it happens.” If three quarters of the owners of NBA teams vote accordingly, Sterling will have to sell.

“I was hoping that [the recording] was fraudulent,” Silver said today. The Clippers’ president had said in a statement on Saturday, “Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings.”

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Seaworlds web crew continue to amaze me. Their intentional lies and misrepresentation are crimes. I take some comfort in knowing that they are relics of ignorance that will die soon enough. Just like old racist NBA owners, they are on the way out. 

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman does not believe the NFL would act as decisively as the NBA if a team owner were caught making racist comments. Sherman cited the controversial name of the football team in the nation’s capital as evidence that the NFL would not have issued a lifetime ban to a team owner caught making bigoted remarks like those that earned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling exile from the NBA.

“No I don’t,” Sherman responded when asked by Sean Gregory of if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would react to an owner’s racist comments like NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn’t affect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”