National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday afternoon that he has chosen to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, fine him $2.5 million, and persuade the league’s board of governors to force him to sell his stake in the team.
Silver said that an NBA investigation has determined that the voice on two recordings of a man making racist comments to a young woman is Sterling’s. Sterling admitted it was his voice. Silver said he was “personally distraught” over the remarks, which essentially stated that Sterling didn’t want black people coming to Clippers games.
Silver went on to say the remarks were contrary to the inclusive history of the league and that his views “simply have no place in the NBA.”
“When specific evidence was brought to the NBA, we acted,” he said.
The lifetime ban means that Sterling can no longer attend NBA games, attend board of governors meetings, do any business involving the Clippers franchise, or be involved in the league in any other way.
The board of governors, which includes all the other NBA owners, must vote with a three-fourths majority to force Sterling to sell the team.