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.”