Donald Sterling – Banned for Life
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he will try to force the controversial owner to sell his franchise. Sterling also was fined $2.5 million, and Silver made no effort to hide his outrage over the comments.
“I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him,” Silver said.
The rebuke, which came three days after the scandal broke, is the harshest penalty ever issued by the league and one of the stiffest punishments ever given to an owner in professional sports.
I think that this was the right thing to do. It didn’t happen as fast as I would have wanted, but it happened. It is a clear statement that the NBA will not tolerate this kind of behavior. To me this appears to be a victory for a new and better tomorrow.