NBA bans Clippers owner Sterling "for life" - New York News

NBA bans Clippers owner Sterling "for life"

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Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano (AP photo) Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano (AP photo)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in an audio recording.

Sterling told NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that a recording of a conversation with his girlfriend was authentic. In that conversation, Sterling unleashed a racist and at time incoherent rant. TMZ.com posted nearly 10 minutes of the audio in which a man tells a woman he is bothered by her association with African Americans and asks her not to bring them to Clippers games.

Silver held a news conference Tuesday to announce the ban. He also said he will ask the other team owners to force Sterling to sell the team.

"The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful," Silver said. "That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage. Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principle of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural, and multiethnic league."

The ban means Sterling is barred from coming to any NBA games and practice sessions, nor can he come to any team officers or facilities. He is not allowed to be a part of any team business, player decisions, or league matters, Silver said.

The Clippers host Golden State on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. On Monday, Clippers players wore black socks to protest Sterling's alleged remarks.

Fallout from the Sterling scandal continues with CarMax -- the nation's largest retailer of used vehicles -- ending its sponsorship of the team. The company said in a statement it finds the statements attributed to Sterling "completely unacceptable."

The alleged comments have generated a firestorm of a response from NBA players.

Lebron James said there is no room for Donald Sterling in the league.

"He should not continue owning the clippers," Lakers star Kobe Bryant wrote Monday on Twitter.

While Magic Johnson tweeted that he and his wife will never attend another Clippers game as long as Sterling is the owner.

"It's awful and we should not tolerate intolerance. If this proves to be true, I hope there are a lot of actions taken. There is more of a story here that is going to come out," said Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

According to TMZ, Sterling was particularly upset that the woman, named by the website as his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posted a picture on her Instagram account of her with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

The Clippers had said Sterling doesn't believe the comments on the recording are consistent with his beliefs.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Clippers took a public stand together against Donald Sterling when they stepped on the court for Sunday's playoff game by throwing their Clippers warm-up jackets in a pile at center court.The team also decided to wear their warm up shirts inside out, hiding the Clippers logo.
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