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Donald Sterling: Clippers owner banned for life from NBA, fined $2.5 million

Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA.
Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA.
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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has received a lifetime ban from the NBA as handed down by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at a press conference on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. ESPN aired the press conference live in which Silver also issued a fine to Sterling for the maximum amount of $2.5 million due to his racist remarks that were caught on audio.

Silver did confirm that the voice on the recording was that of Donald Sterling.

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Silver stated:

"I am banning Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers organization."

After the audio tapes, allegedly of Sterling, were released on Friday night, the team held a meeting to discuss how to handle the situation. They banded together before game four against the Golden State Warriors and held a protest.

The tapes have a man's voice, which has been allegedly said to be Sterling, saying racist remarks against black people. One comment even has the man telling his girlfriend he doesn't want her to bring black people to his games.

An investigation has been done by the NBA and it was determined that Sterling was the voice heard.

A lot of pressure was put on new NBA commissioner Adam Silver to do a move that would please so many speaking out against Sterling. The Clippers have already lost handful of sponsors due to the situation, and there is no word on whether or not they will return with Sterling's lifetime ban now in place.

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