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