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Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life

Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life

Posted by Liliana Castaño on April 29, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and given the maximum fine possible for racist remarks ripped by many inside and outside the world's biggest basketball league.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine on Tuesday, about eight hours before Sterling's Clippers were to tip off in the fifth game of their tightly contested first-round playoff series with the Golden State Warriors.

The decision -- coming just three days after TMZ posted audio featuring racist comments, which Silver says that Sterling admits he made -- was widely applauded by NBA owners, players and others connected to the league.

"I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you," Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star who was tasked with leading the NBA players union's efforts on this matter.

 
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