Donald Sterling banned for life by NBA due to racist comments

Donald Sterling faced a lifetime ban from the NBA after his racial comments were leaked by the celebrity news and gossip site, TMZ.

Adam Silver and Donald Sterling

Sterling, the owner of Los Angeles Clippers has been called to sell his team for making extremely unpalatable racial comments that were seen so damaging to the whole basketball league.

The NBA Commissioner Adam Silver set the biggest penalty one can get in the history of U.S. sports.

The 80-year-old Sterling has been banned for life from:
..any association with the league or the Clippers, and was fined $2.5 million — the maximum allowable under the NBA constitution. If three-fourths of the other 29 owners agree to Silver's recommendation, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981.
In a news conference, Silver remarked:
We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views. They simply have no place in the NBA
Clippers' All-star point guard Chris Paul, who is also the president of the players' union expressed his enormous support on the decision of the NBA commissioner.
In response to today's ruling by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, my teammates and I are in agreement with his decision
We appreciate the strong leadership from Commissioner Silver and he has our full support.
Apparently, Donald Sterling was recorded while criticizing V. Stiviano for posting photos of herself with black basketball icons Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp:
It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?
To which, Commissioner Silver reacted to, with:
Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multiethnic league
Silver was surprised upon initial hearing of the voice recording. But since it was leaked online, it now represents Sterling's views and it had to be dealt with accordingly.

Silver's written statement on Sterling:

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Donald Sterling banned for life by NBA due to racist comments

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