NBA Bans Clippers Owner Donald Sterling For Life

NBA commissioner and striking live action Wallace lookalike Adam Silver has issued a $2.5 million fine (the maximum allowed by league law) and a lifetime ban on LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for hateful comments made in a taped conversation leaked to TMZ and Deadspin last week. 
Mr. Silver held a press conference in New York City today following an internal investigation to properly authenticate the taped conversation alleged to have taken place between Mr. Sterling and his then girlfriend, V. Stiviano
According to the league, the voice heard to have uttered repugnant racist comments including “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” and “But why publicise it on the Instagram and why bring it to my games?” was in fact Sterling’s. 

“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. 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.” 

Further, the league will take the steps required to force Sterling to sell the team then relocate it to Seattle.

“I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force the sale of the team,” Silver said. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens…I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners.”

At this stage, Silver has the support of everyone.   

Previously, a unified Clippers roster staged a protest against their owner by wearing their warmup t-shirts inside out, obscuring the Clippers logo, before the opening tip of game four of the Clippers’ first round matchup against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland this week.  

Hear the leaked conversation below.

See you never, racist. 
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