The league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, issued the statement today. Wow!
Silver said, “Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clippers facility. He may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings or participating in any other league activity. He may not attend NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clippers facility”.
Of course, the NBA commissioner does not have the authority to force Sterling to sell the team, but he will “urge the Board of Governors… to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to make sure that happens”.
The Board of Governors is made up of 12 other owners of different NBA teams. Three quarters of the board have to decide together to oust one of their colleagues, meaning that nine owners have to be against him to force the sale.
Donald Sterling is worth around $1.9 billion so the $2.5 million fine won’t hurt him too badly. It was the maximum amount that the NBA is allowed to issue.
Sterling purchased the Los Angeles Clippers team for $12.5 million in 1981 . The Clippers are said to be worth around $575 million now.
The announcement of Sterling’s ban comes three days of speculation following the release of a recording where he is heard berating his mixed-race girlfriend for bringing black people to basketball games.
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