NBA Makes its decision on Donald Sterling....Lifetime Ban

Posted by Unknown on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 with No comments
The NBA will fine Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling $2.5 million and suspend him from the NBA for life.  Funds of the fine with be donated to anti-discrimantory agencies and behalf of the NBA and NBPA.

Adam Silver: "I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority, to force a sale of the team."

Official statement from the NBA:

NEW YORK, April 29, 2014 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA, it was announced today at a press conference in Manhattan.

Commissioner Silver has also fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution. The fine money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association.

As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. Sterling may not 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. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity.

Commissioner Silver also announced that he will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.

The discipline issued today is based on the Commissioner’s conclusion that Mr. Sterling violated league rules through his expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.