NBA's Silver: Clippers’ Sterling Banned for Life

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April 29 (Bloomberg) -- The National Basketball Association suspended Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for making racist remarks, the first time an owner was suspended in 14 years. (Source: Bloomberg)

Whose voice is heard on the recordings and on the second recording from the same conversation that was released is mr.

Sterling.

The hateful opinions voiced by that man are those of mr.

Sterling.

The views expressed by mr.

Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful.

That they came from an nba owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.

Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse multicultural and multiethnic league.

I am personally distraught that the views expressed by mr.

Sterling came from within an institution that has a starkly taken such a leadership role in matters of race relations.

It caused current and former players, coaches, fans, and partners of the nba to question their very association with the league.

To them, and pioneers of the game, like earl lloyd, chuck cooper, sweetwater clifton, the great bill russell, and particularly magic johnson, i apologize.

Accordingly, effective immediately, i am banning mr.

Sterling for life from any association with the clippers organization or the nba.

Mr.

sterling may not attend any nba games or practices, he may not be present at any clippers facility and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.

He will also be barred from attending and be a board of governors meetings or participating in any other league activity.

I am also finding mr.

Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum out a loud under the nba constitution.

These funds will be donated to organizations dedicated to antidiscrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the nba and its players association.

As for mr.

Sterling's ownership interest in the clippers, i will urge the board of governors to exercise its authority to force a fsale of the team and i will do everything in my power to ensure that happens.

This has been a painful moment for all members of the nba family.

I appreciate the supportive and understanding of our players during this process.

I am particularly grateful for the leadership shown by coach doc rivers, the union president chris paul, and mayor kevin johnson in sacramento, who has been acting as the player's representative in this matter.

We stand together in condemning mr.

Sterling's views.

They simply have no place in the nba.

Thank you and i will take any

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