Clippers Owner Banned For Life

The NBA has come down hard on LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, league commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling has been banned for life from any association with the team and the league, and fined $2.5-million.

The fine money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association.

Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.

The league’s Board of Governors will also be urged to use its authority to force Sterling to sell the team.

Silver made the punishment announcement after determining that SterlingĀ violated league rules through what the league calls his “expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.”

The controversy erupted after the release of a recording of a conversation between Sterling and his then-girlfriend, in which he made disparaging remarks about African-Americans.