NEW YORK (CBS) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and fined him $2.5 million.
Silver confirmed that the voice on the recording was in fact Sterling’s voice.
“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,” Silver said in a press conference on Tuesday. “I am personally distraught that the views expressed by Mr. Sterling came from within an institution that has historically taken such a leadership role in matters of race relations and caused current and former players, coaches, fans and partners of the NBA to question their very association with the league.”
“Accordingly, effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clipper organization or the NBA,” Silver continued. “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.”
Listen to press conference…