NBA Suspends Clippers Owner For Life

Photo Courtesy: CBSnews.com

Photo Courtesy: CBSnews.com

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been fined $2.5 million and suspended by the NBA for life.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Tuesday.

Sterling was recorded making racial comments and the tape was made public last week. The comments were made during a conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend, who recorded the conversation without Sterling’s knowledge.

“The views expressed by┬áMr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver said at Tuesday’s press conference. “That the came from a NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.”

Silver confirmed in a press conference Tuesday that the voice on the tape was that of Sterling.

Sterling, who purchased the franchise in 1981 for $12.5 million, is not allowed to attend games, practices or any Clippers facilities. Sterling is also banned from the Board of Governors meetings.

“We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views,” Silver said. “They simply have no place in the NBA. This league is far bigger than any one owner, any one coach and any one player.”

The $2.5 million fine will be donated to organizations promoting anti-discrimination. Silver added that he will urge the Board of Governors to force a sale of the Clippers.

22 comments

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    Hope Sterling sues the pants off the NBA. Hope he is smart enough to sue the life out of that male looking girlfriend of his. She should never profit a cent out of this.

    It is ridiculous how every little comment that the blacks think is offensive gets blown out of proportion. Look at the Paula Deen thing. Comments made twenty some odd years ago were dragged out and thrown in to the media cesspool. Some sportscaster makes some off the cuff comment that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans and the blacks and liberals go crazy. But do you see anyone crying and whining when people like Jackson and Sharpton makes overtly racist comments? What about that jerk minister friend of Obumma’s? This double standard is sickening.

    • Anonymous

      How do you figure she is going to profit from this? He isn’t paying her a dime. Also, just like stuff that is posted on the internet, if you don’t want people to know it, then don’t speak/type/write it. There is always a way that it can come back and bite you.

    • Xx

      Arnold how does Obama come into this? When your the owner of an NBA team that employees mostly blacks, you have to choose your words carefully. Good luck on finding another NBA owner to stand up for him.

      • Jcar

        Ban Obama from the United States and fine him 2.5 million for abusing his powers with the IRS and criminally discriminating against the Conservative Non- Profits and the Tea Party. These deals should work both ways!

  • Sarah 1

    I agree with permanent suspension. This is 2014 and racism has to end. It is awful in this day and year that people are discriminated against for any reason.

    • Arnold Fudpucker

      So is it OK to discriminate against white people? What would happen if someone started an all white TV station like BET is for blacks? Don’t lie now, you know exactly what uproar would occur.

      • Jimmy Bob

        No I don’t believe it’s ok to have a BET, but when you’re an owner of an NBA team or you’re any public figure. You’re held to higher standard and be prepared to answer for comments that you make.

  • James

    Nobodies fault but his own. He’s the one that decided to have a gold digger girlfreind while he was married. Then she records his conversation. He couldn’t have thought anything good was going to come out if this. He made his bed he can lay in it.

  • Jcar

    Creepy 80 yr old slave master Billionaire/Ugly plastic interacial SheMale looking girlfriend. This sick Hollyweird picture had to end Bad!

  • Kevin

    They should let the free market decide if people and players are truly upset then everyone on the team would quit and no one would go to the games….. but guess what that wouldn’t happen the only people upset are liberal hippies. This is a different time racism should be defined as an action not words being said. If he was truly racist there would be no blacks on his team.

  • -

    Last I checked it was a conversation between a couple…. Who cares what he says in private!!!! Look at how long he has owned this team and nothing before has came about?!? I bet he gives every player and person he comes into contact respect. Do you always say upbeat and positive things when alone with you’re husband/wife, I bet not?!?

  • atc8824

    Over 90% of racism stories are started by the media.What good for white is good for other races get rid of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton they are the most racist people I see on TV.

  • Dora

    Amazing isn’t it? Attack Obama and the supposed gold digger girlfriend but no one finds fault with this man’s train of thought?

    Arnold Fudpucker, Jcar, and James? I am calling you out for ridiculing the President and or a young woman you don’t know anything about. It is a six year old’s jealousy and spite to call people names and incite comments that are not true. Grow up and stick to facts.

    • Arnold Fudpucker

      Fact: Obama deserves to be criticized. If you can’t accept that fact then grow up. And “supposed” gold digger girlfriend? You better take a look at what was going on there, do some exploring there Dora!
      I don’t find this guys thinking to be like my own but I will say that the media and the blacks have way overblown what he is supposed to have said.

      Another thing there Dora, why is all this just now coming up? Accounts have it that this old boy has a long history of not particularly caring for the blacks. Smells like a bit of undertow going on here doesn’t it?

      You’ve have been called out right back Dora!

    • Jcar

      Dora, All three people that you mention are pathetic and we certainly know enough facts about them to make negative comments. If you would get out of your terrible 2’s tantrum and research a little about our lousey President and that Tramp Thing you should easily conclude that rushing to defend them will only make you look ignorant!

  • Dora

    The Clippers owner had an open marriage which is none of anyones business. They do not answer to us. That does not make her a gold digger. She did not break the law. She is half black and was sick of his racism and decided to do something about it.

    • Jcar

      You may still have 1/2 your brain left so you ought to head on out to LA or San Fran and jump into that cesspool with all of them.

    • Arnold Fudpucker

      Sooooo, you didn’t mention that the gold digger was half Mexican. You must be a racist since you don’t like Mexicans. Also, if the gold digger was sick of him then WHY didn’t she just leave? That’s the problem with you bleeding heart liberals, you have no tolerance for anyone else and you want everyone to change to your views irrespective of whether they are good, bad or indifferent.

  • Dora

    Arnold…you have no idea. You are living on supposition. My guy is Latino. I think your conversation is quackery. Racist would never be in my realm. I have done research work in Africa which would dismiss your racism attack thoroughly.

    Your redundant sentence “you bleeding heart liberals have no tolerance for anyone else” is ridiculous. Bleeding heart liberal and no tolerance are in total conflict with being a meaningful sentence. Speak in complete sentences and reread before posting. (Dictionary maybe?)

  • Dora

    And to add, the subject matter was pertaining to gold digger and the owners racist remarks about blacks, not Latinos.

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