Sterling banned for life, fined by the NBA

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) -- The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, has been banned for life by the NBA -- which is now going to try to force him to sell the team.

Sterling has also been fined $2.5 million.

It's part of the fallout from racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Sterling admits that it's his voice on the tape.

Silver says he expects to get the support he needs from other NBA owners in order to remove Sterling from his ownership position.

The penalty is the harshest one ever issued by the league -- and one of the stiffest punishments ever given to an owner in professional sports.

Sterling is immediately banned from attending any NBA games or practices. He can't be present at any Clippers office or facility, and he can't take part in any business or player personnel decisions.

It's not clear how he will respond.

Sterling's comments were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin. A number of NBA owners and players have condemned the remarks.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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