On Saturday, the NBA launched an investigation into racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, outré owner of the Los Angeles Clippers since 1981. This afternoon, league commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling had therein admitted to making the comments, in which he told his girlfriend that he is bothered that her Instagrams include black people, namely Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
Accordingly, Silver said Sterling is now banned for life from any affiliation with the NBA. He cannot attend any league activity, including practices and games. Sterling will also be fined $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed by the organization.
Sterling is worth around $1.9 billion, and remains, at least for now, the owner of the team.
"I will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team," Silver said, "and do everything in my power to see that it happens." If three quarters of the owners of NBA teams vote accordingly, Sterling will have to sell.
"I was hoping that [the recording] was fraudulent," Silver said today. The Clippers’ president had said in a statement on Saturday, "Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings."
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