(April 29, 2014) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver left many stunned Tuesday afternoon when he handed down a lifetime ban from the NBA to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Sterling, heard making racist remarks in a recording, was also fined $2.5 million, the maximum allowed. The NBA will also try to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. The ban keeps Sterling away from games, practices and activities at Clippers facilities.
Silver said Sterling admitted the taped comments were his and had not commented further on the matter. Silver called Sterling’s remarks a “blow” to an ethnically diverse and multicultural league.
“That they came from an NBA owner heightens the damage and my outrage,” Silver said during Tuesday’s news conference.
“We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views. They simply have no place in the NBA,” he said.
Pacers owner Herb Simon issued the following statement Tuesday:
“I wholeheartedly endorse Commissioner Adam Silver’s swift, strong and decisive action with regard to Donald Sterling. These past days have been both sad and disturbing for the NBA family. It is our responsibility to continue as models of the diversity and inclusion the NBA has long and justly represented.”