Donald Sterling Banned For Life

NBA bans Donald Sterling for life, fines him $2.5 million for racial comments

Donald SterlingThe NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for racial comments he made to his reported girlfriend. The NBA will immediately begin working to try to force him to sell the team.

“The hateful opinions voiced by that of the man [on the tape] are those of Donald Sterling,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “…I’m personally distraught the views expressed by Mr. Sterling came from within an institution that has historically taken such a leadership role in matters of race relations.”

As part of the ban, Sterling is not allowed “to attend 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.” Sterling also will be barred from attending any Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity.

The fine is the maximum the NBA can issue under the NBA constitution, Silver said. Seventy-five percent of the NBA’s owners must vote to oust Sterling to force him to sell.

“I fully expect to get the support needed,” Silver said.

whoa, damn man… banned for life? i feel like i might be in the minority here, but does it seem rather heavy handed to ban the guy from basketball for some racial comments he made talking to his girlfriend (who recorded it) on the phone? i totally understand the fine… sure, make the fine high and send a strong message, totally understand and agree.

don’t want to come off sounding like a bigot or something here, just seems a little harsh… maybe it’s because i strongly support and believe in the first amendment, freedom of speech, even if it’s disgusting or hateful — and i’m generally not down with censorship… but even more so when you consider that this guys been a well known racist for the past 30 years or more — so it was okay before? and another thing, why the hell was the NAACP giving this guy a lifetime achievement award?! seriously?

Here’s How The Clippers’ Website Responded To Sterling’s Ban

p.s. anybody find it kind of odd that he hasn’t come out an apologized?

9 Comments

  1. He has a long history, in and out of court, of racist behavior

    The NBA is a giant business and he hurts business.

  2. Understand the ban.

    Would still kick the shit out of her ass, though.

  3. he hurts business? really? where did you get that from? ticket and merchandise sales havent gone down since this happened. business is still booming. he’s an owner. nobody really cares. besides the racist comments themselves i mean. otherwise, nothing is going to change.. its not like people will actually stop buying clippers tickets because of this. and it wouldnt hurt the nba’s business in general, if anything, just this franchise.

  4. Think of it this way, if a CEO says this the Board fires him. Same concept here. He’s not an owner of a private solitary company. He’s an owner of one of 30 franchises in an organization that strives for public responsibility. He was irresponsible and the organization determined that was a breach of their constitution. Rather cut and dry if you ask me.

    And Silver said it had nothing to do with his past indiscretions, but that had to be a factor.

  5. @AJ: hmmmm, nice explanation, to be honest i wasn’t really thinking about it like that — in terms of it being a franchise in an organization (like a McD’s or something)… in that light, guess it does make sense… but what i don’t understand is that this guys said racist things before, is well known to be a racist regarding blacks, and has been to court a couple times over it, for the past 30+ years from what i’ve read here recently.

    and why the hell was the NAACP giving him a “lifetime achievement award”?!??

    *facepalm*

  6. Oh god, I’m sick of hearing about this guy already. Good, fire him and let’s move on with life.

  7. Yes there is freedom of speech but an organization that is under light all the time stops being a private one. This guy was techinally supposed to act the way the board said he should and he didn’t and he’s out. Like he was in a private organization in public light, there was no freedom of speech since it was private. And given the way the public is, anything he said will be heard. Still I do believe the ban is kind of harsh. And it’s annoying whenever big sport stories like this break and all espn does is talk about those only.

  8. You do not apologize when you are not sorry.

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