Well, that just happened!
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just laid the hammer down hard on Donald Sterling.!!!
In his strongly worded statement, the Commish called the L.A. Clippers owner's racist remarks "deeply offensive" and "harmful."
"[Donald's remarks are] contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundations of our diverse, multi-cultural, and multi-ethnic league… I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the clippers organization or the NBA — Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, he may not be present at any clippers facility, and he may not participate in any player or personnel decision involving the team… I am also fining Mr. Sterling $2,500,000, the maximum amount allowed under the bylaws of the NBA Constitution."
Earlier estimations put the possible fine at $5 mil, but we guess this was as high as they could go. Adam also revealed those fines will be donated to relevant charities aimed at promoting diversity.
"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views, they have no place in the NBA."
Furthermore, Adam Silver swears he will do everything in his power to convince the other owners into quickly coaxing Donald Sterling into selling the team.
Apparently if the 3/4ths of the owners vote to remove Donald as an owner, they can force the sale of the L.A. Clippers!
Get to work, rich dudes!
Ch-ch-check out the Commish's statement for yourself (below)!
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