NBA comes down hard; bans Clippers owner for life, $2.5 million fine and more

The NBA sent a strong message to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, announcing Tuesday afternoon that he would be banned from the game for life for racist comments that were secretly recorded and made public by his ex-girlfriend. The penalty comes with a $2.5 million fine and the possibility of a forced sale of the team.

Fox News reported:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement at a New York press conference moments after Sterling told Fox News that he was not interested in selling the team. When reached after the press conference by Fox News’ Jim Gray, Sterling declined to comment.

Silver, who succeeded David Stern as NBA commissioner in February, said the league interviewed Sterling during its investigation. He said NBA investigators determined that the voice heard on the audio tape obtained by TMZ was Sterling’s and called the comments “deeply offensive” and vowed to “do everything in my power” to force a sale of the team, which could be worth more than $500 million.

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