NBA commissioner Adam Silver has imposed a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine on Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape making a series of racist remarks that became public on Friday.
After promising to grant “due process” to Sterling and to investigate the authenticity of the audio during a press conference in Memphis on Saturday, Silver handed down the punishment at a press conference in New York City on Tuesday.
“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” Silver said. “Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clippers facility. He may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions. … He will also be barred from attending Board of Governors meetings.”
Silver also apologized to the “pioneers of the game” — including Bill Russell and Magic Johnson — on behalf of the NBA for Sterling’s comments.
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