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Adam Silver: Donald Sterling Banned For Life



Among the highlights of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s press conference on Tuesday on NBA TV regarding Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and his racist remarks caught on a recording:

  • Sterling is banned for life with any association with the Clippers association and the NBA.
  • Sterling is fined $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution.
  • Silver will urge NBA owners to force a sale of the team and do everything in his power to ensure that it happens.
    • Needs 3/4’s vote from NBA Board of Governors to pass.
  • He says whether or not remarks were shared in private, they are now public “and they represent his views.”
  • Silver: “I can’t speak to past actions except to say, when specific evidence was brought to the NBA, we acted.”
  • Silver: “I believe the players will be satisfied with the decision and the renderings that we’ve made today…”

Official Statement From NBA: 

“NEW YORK, April 29, 2014 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA, it was announced today at a press conference in Manhattan.

Commissioner Silver has also fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution. 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.

As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. 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. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity.

Commissioner Silver also announced that he will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.

The discipline issued today is based on the Commissioner’s conclusion that Mr. Sterling violated league rules through his expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.”

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