UPDATE: LA Clippers owner banned, fined

The NBA commissioner is urging the board of governors to force Sterling to sell his team

The NBA's commissioner has taken a stern stand against Donald Sterling.

Adam Silver announced at a press conference Tuesday that he is banning the LA Clippers owner from the NBA for life. Sterling cannot attend any games or practices, and he can no longer participate in any business involving the team.

Sterling has also been given a fine of $2.5-million. That may not be much for a man worth $1.9-billion, but it is the maximum fine allowed in the league's constitution.

Silver went further, urging the board of governors to force Sterling to sell his team, something they can do with a three-quarters' vote. The commissioner says he will do everything in his power to make sure that happens.

"I am personally distraught," Silver says of the racist comments made by Sterling in a recording that was released to the public over the weekend.

The commissioner says he hopes the situation will not have a long-term effect on the team and the league.

"My message to the Clippers fans is that this league is bigger than one owner."

LISTEN: Newstalk 1010's Justine Lewkowicz reports:

As a rather new commissioner, having started the job in February, the move has made Silver quite popular among both current and former players.

"On this day, Adam Silver is not only the owners' commissioner, he is the players' commissioner and we're proud to call him our commissioner," says Kevin Johnson, Sacramento mayor and former NBA player.

Speaking on behalf of the players' association, Johnson says Silver has done his duty.

"When one rotten apple does something, or if you see cancer, you have to cut it out really quickly," Johnson says.

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also applauded Silver's announcement.

"I'm just thrilled," he says. "His actions and focus were so on the mark."

Johnson also added a message to everyone listening.

"I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling, and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you," Johnson says.


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  1. kenfromcanada posted on 04/29/2014 03:59 PM
    HEY - donny p(utz), a.k.a. herry, a.k.a.........................your uncle Donald - you know, the one you were named after - came out as what your entire family is - RACIST!!!!

    p.s. - you got an ugly family!

    1. Sonny posted on 04/29/2014 04:08 PM
      @kenfromcanada Hopefully video of Rob Ford saying racist & homophobic remarks will emerge before Election day
    2. Walley posted on 04/30/2014 08:47 AM
      @Sonny I should have known that some people just couldnt resist turning this into a Rob Ford issue.
      just get a life, use your vote and keep crying into your pillow about the fact that Oliva Chow will never be Mayor!
  2. Jack posted on 04/29/2014 04:19 PM
    I would like to take this moment to commend @Sonny. Despite the fact that this is a story about the owner of an American basketball team, in a city which Google Maps tells me is a 36 hour drive from Toronto, and involves Canadian politics, Ontario politics, or Toronto politics in no way shape or form, he had the bravery and determination to step up and drag Rob Ford into the discussion.

    @Sonny, if we could harness your single-minded determination towards a useful goal like reversing climate change or establishing cities on Mars, imagine what a better place the world would be.
    1. Sonny posted on 04/29/2014 04:33 PM
      @Jack Thank you! About a year ago a video emerged that was viewed by John Cook, Robyn Doolittle, Kevin Donovan & eventually Chief Blair. This City will be better when we are rid of Ford.

      As for the story about a guy with a mixed girl friend 3 times zones away; he is now silent. He bought the team back in 1981 for 12 million and will probably be forced to sell it by a super majority of 29 owners including 1 from Toronto likely at a handsome profit...
  3. Norman Carson posted on 04/30/2014 01:18 AM
    I don't know what to make of this NBA thing. He's entitled to his opinion. He has a younger girlfriend and I was told a wife. OK so his girlfriend is of ethnic background.
    She should have known better to not expose him.
    So why don;t we hear from Him self Don Sterling? I would like to hear his comments.
    I grew up at that time to with racists to and we some how survived.
    I don't like everyone you know. And what if a Muslim was in the place of Don Sterling?
    Would we react so fast like this? No we wouldn't we are afraid.... That's all I have to say....
  4. Greg posted on 04/30/2014 02:40 AM
    This guy was convicted of racially discriminating against black people by refusing to rent to them in the apartments that he owns. There were also complaints by the black tenants already living there. He was given the biggest fine on record by the courts. Where's the reporting on that? That is something that actually hurts black people but there's nary a sound about it. But some sounds come out of his mouth that people don't like and everybody freaks out. He bought the team for around $20 million and he will now get close to $1B if he's forced to sell it. Way to stick it to him NBA.
    1. Walley posted on 04/30/2014 08:55 AM
      @Greg The previous issues he had with tenants and other racial remarks he made in the past were not within the NBA's control to do anything about.
      it did make the news back then.. but unless the public began a boycott then nothing more could have been done at the time really.
      this time around.. we have the internet and social media live and active, and people can actually respond to new stories, plus the NBA has the power to do something.
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