(New York, NY) -- The NBA is banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after racist comments were attributed to him over the weekend.
He is also being fined two-point-five million dollars.
After banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he wants to see the team sold.
Silver's comments came during a press conference to announce punishment against Sterling, who was caught on tape making racially-charged statements that were leaked to the media. Silver says the league conducted a comprehensive investigation, including an interview with Sterling, who confirmed it was his voice on the tape. Sterling was also fined two-and-a-half-million-dollars, which Silver says will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination causes.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Sterling is also facing monetary punishment in addition to a lifetime ban.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Sterling's fine will go toward charitable efforts that promote racial tolerance.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is applauding the harsh punishment handed down on Clippers owner Donald Sterling after Sterling's racially insensitive remarks came to light.
Garcetti thanked NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for "bringing down the hammer" on Sterling. Silver announced today that Sterling is banned for life from the NBA and the Clippers organization. Silver also fined Sterling two-and-a-half-million dollars. Sterling's problems boiled to the surface over the weekend after TMZ posted a racially-charged recording of him speaking with his girlfriend V. Stiviano. At one point Sterling told Stiviano he didn't want her to bring black people to his games. About 80 percent of the players in the NBA are African-American.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson added throughout history, sports has played a pivotal role in advancing civil rights. Johnson said there would be zero tolerance for institutional racism and that he was proud of the way NBA players handled the Clippers' controversy. About 80 percent of the players in the NBA are African-American.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the Los Angeles Clippers are a vital part of the city.
Garcetti says what Clippers owner Donald Sterling said was wrong.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says racist comments aren't acceptable.
Johnson says today's events transcend sports.
Johnson says he was proud of the way NBA players handled the Clippers' controversy.