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NBA commissioner bans Donald Sterling from Clippers, NBA

Donald Sterling's racial slurs came to light during the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
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The NBA has banned Donald Sterling for life from all Los Angeles Clippers games in response to Sterling's alleged racial slurs against African-Americans through an audio recording. Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner, made the announcement this afternoon at a press conference in New York City. Sterling is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Commissioner Silver is encouraging the Board of Directors to vote to remove remove Sterling from the team's ownership. Furthermore, Sterling is also banned from all NBA games and will be fined $2.5 million.

Sterling's comments were first reported over the weekend by TMZ. In an audio recording, Sterling denounces his girlfriend, V. Stiviano's associations with African-American men. According to the reports, the known sexist particularly has an issue with Stiviano appearing with the other men in public.

Sterling neither admitted or denied the allegations after the recordings were first released. Silver said that the voice on the recordings is indeed Sterling's. This comes after an investigation launched by the NBA. Since the weekend, over one dozen sponsors dropped their support of the Los Angeles Clippers, and outrage has spread throughout the NBA and beyond.

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