WATCH: NBA Bans Clippers Owner Sterling for Life, Imposes $2.5M Fine
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced this afternoon that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned from the league for life and fined $2.5 million. Silver also said he will urge the NBA Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.
The punishment comes just days after Sterling was heard in an audiotape making racist comments, including telling his then-girlfriend not to bring black people to Clippers games. Silver said that Sterling acknowledged it was his voice on the recording.
"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views. They have no place in the NBA," said Silver, who added he has "no idea" whether Sterling will fight against selling the team.
The first-year commissioner said the NBA owners can vote to remove Sterling as an owner with a three-quarters majority vote.
The fine is the maximum allowable amount under NBA rules and the funds will go to charities related to anti-discrimination efforts.
Under the punishment, Sterling will be banned from attending NBA games or practices and may not appear at any Clippers facilities. He is also barred from participating in any business or personnel decisions involving the team, Silver explained.
The Clippers are set to host the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
Watch Silver's announcement above.