On Tuesday, April 29, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver held a live press conference on NBA TV to announce the sanctions he and the NBA will place on LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks he said in a private conversation.
Here are the sanctions that Adam Silver announced:
- Lifetime ban from the NBA for Donald Sterling
- Donald Sterling may not attend any Clipper games or practices
- Donald Sterling may not be present anywhere at any Clippers facility
- Sterling may not take part in any personnel decisions regarding the LA Clippers
- Sterling may not be present at any NBA Board of Governors meetings or other NBA league activities
- Donald Sterling will be fined 2.5 million dollars, the maximum allowed under the NBA constitution
- The 2.5 million dollars will be donated to organizations who are dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts. They will be chosen jointly by the NBA and NBA Player’s Association
- The NBA Board of Governors will be encouraged to force a sale of the LA Clippers team
- Adam Silver pledges to do everything in his power to enforce these sanctions
After the announcement, Adam Silver answered various related questions. Through them, he mentioned that he spoke to players, owners, and to Donald Sterling himself. Donald Sterling was said to admit that it was him during the phone call, and did not specifically express any remorse.
This announcement comes on game day for the Clippers who will be hosting the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center for a crucial game 5 in the first round of the NBA playoffs.