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NBA bans Donald Sterling for life

Jan 10, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 123-87. Photo: Image by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA bans Donald Sterling for life

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Apr 29, 2014

The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers will be banned for life for his alleged racist comments.

The NBA is also fining Donald Sterling $2.5 million, the most the NBA constitution allows, and commissioner Adam Silver will be urging the Board of Governors to force him to sell the team.

Silver announced the punishment for Sterling after the owner told his girlfriend he didn't want her to bring African-Americans to games.

"The hateful opinions voiced...are those of Mr. Sterling," said Silver. He called them "deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.

"Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principals and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multi-ethnic league," Silver added.

He also said that the comments caused players, coaches, fans, sponsors and others connected with the NBA "to question their very association with the league."

Afterward, the Clippers' web site showed this message:

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