NBA Throws Down Lifetime Ban of Los Angeles Clippers Owner Over Racist Remarks

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Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner, has been banned from the game for life. The NBA has not only thrown down a lifetime ban to Sterling but the association has also fined the former owner $2.5 million for his racist remarks.

Donald Sterling won’t be allowed to hold any role in his franchise and will not be able to hold the role of one of the league’s governors. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated in a news conference the decision and also urged other owners to vote to make Sterling sell the Clippers.

The controversy first began with celebrity news TMZ.com released Sterling in an audio recording, criticizing a woman friend of his for having “black people” as friends. In the recording, he even requests that she not invite Magic Johnson to Clippers games.

Sterling confirmed the tape was his voice, but he did not offer an apology. Players, fans, sponsors and even the President of the United States have all spoken out against Sterling’s racist comments.

Details and photo courtesy of Reuters