Somehow an audio recording of what is clearly a conversation between two people in a completely healthy and not at all messed up relationship ended up in the hands of TMZ, and the recording’s release has spawned a range of responses from people all over the NBA and Sterling himself
Today the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life and fined $2.5 million US by the NBA for making racist comments during a recorded conversation with a female companion, commissioner Adam Silver announced today. He said a league investigation found that the league's longest-tenured owner was in fact the person on the audiotapes that were released over the weekend.
"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views," Silver said. "They simply have no place in the NBA."
Sterling acknowledged he was the man on the tape, Silver said.
Sterling is immediately barred from attending 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 also cannot participate in any league business going forward.
"This league is far bigger than any one owner, any one coach and any one player," Silver said.
The fine will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association, Silver said.