NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has tentatively decided to indefinitely ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and fine him $2.5 million dollars. The NBA owner has the sports and entire world in an uproar after his then girlfriend recorded him stating that he do not want black people at his games.
Many celebrities and NBA athletes and great have went on record to voice their opinion about Donald Sterling comments.
Silver says he does not know if Sterling will fight the lifetime ban — but says he has the full support of the NBA owners.
“I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him,” Silver said.
Silver says he spoke to several players, coaches and owners before deciding on the lifetime ban. As for the ban, Sterling will not be allowed to attend any NBA games or practices ever again … and will not be permitted inside any team facilities.
Silver says the ban will only pertain to Donald — and not to his family members. During the news conference, Silver said he was “personally outraged” by Sterling’s comments. Silver says … during the investigation, Sterling confirmed he made the racist comments.
Silver noted, “The hateful opinions are those of Mr. Sterling. The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful.”
Silver says he’s “personally outraged.”