Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Donald Sterling banned for life

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced today that Donald Sterling has been banned from all NBA activity for life and will be fined for $2.5 million.

The NBA's investigation concluded that it was indeed Sterling's voice on the recordings, Silver expressed feeling deepest disappointment.
"The view expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful," said Silver. "That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage in my outrage."

Commissioner Silver also stated that he hopes that Sterling will no longer own the Clippers in the near future. And that he will do everything he can to make that happen.
"I will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that happens," said Silver.
According to Silver, he has spoken to other NBA owners without calling them and claims that he has their full support. When asked what kind of authority other NBA owners have in getting rid of Sterling, Silver responded by saying:
"The owners have the authority subject to three quarters vote of the ownership group to remove him as an owner."
Upon Silver's conversation with Sterling about the recording, Sterling acknowledge that it was his voice on the tape and didn't express any other views to Silver. The $2.5 million fine handed down to Sterling is the maximum fine the NBA can hand down to a team owner.

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