Donald Sterling scandal: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver bans him “for life”

In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intent on moving quickly in dealing with the racially charged scandal surrounding Clippers owner Sterling. The NBA league will discuss its investigation Tuesday, April 29, 2014, before the Clippers play Golden State in Game 5 of their playoff series. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intent on moving quickly in dealing with the racially charged scandal surrounding Clippers owner Sterling. The NBA league will discuss its investigation Tuesday, April 29, 2014, before the Clippers play Golden State in Game 5 of their playoff series. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

Amid racially charged comments attributed to him in a released audio tape, Clippers owner Donald Sterling will face a life-time suspension and face a $2.5 million fine, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced in a press conference Tuesday in New York.

“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” Sterling said.

Sterling, who has overseen the Clippers franchise for the past 33 years, will not be allowed to attend any basketball games, including Tuesday when the Clippers host Game 5 of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, practices or have any say in business or personnel decisions. Sterling will also be barred from attending the NBA’s Board of Governor meetings. Silver said Sterling’s fines will go to selected anti-discriminator organizations.

“I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force the sale of the team,” Silver said. “I will do everything in my power to assure that happens.”

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