Denouncing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments in strong language, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the league has banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million.
“The central findings of the investigation are that the man whose voice is on the recordings … is Mr. Sterling and that the hateful feelings are those of Mr. Sterling. The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply disturbing and alarming,” Silver said.
“As for Mr. Sterling’s ownership interest in the Clippers,” Silver said. “I will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that happens.”
Silver said he made the decision to ban Sterling Tuesday morning and that he will begin immediately the process of trying to get Sterling to sell the team.
“This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family,” Silver said.
Sliver said he didn’t poll the owners, but did speak to several who he said supports the decision.
“The owners have the authority subject to 3/4 vote, to remove him as owner,” Silver said.
In Silver’s first seminal moment as commissioner since taking over for David Stern in February, he issued the heaviest penalty possible under his power, which is governed by the NBA’s private constitution and bylaws.
Promising a quick investigation, Silver said Sterling confirmed the voice on the audio is his and said the recording was not tampered with, as the Clippers suggested was possible in a statement on Saturday.
SOURCE: Jeff Zillgitt
USA TODAY Sports
The NBA holds a news conference to make an announcement about its investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Scheduled at 2:00 pm ET