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NBA bans Clippers owner Sterling for life – CNN.com

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(CNN) — Basketball Commissioner Adam Silver slapped Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fine Tuesday over racist remarks attributed to Sterling.Silver said the National Basketball Association “will begin immediately” the process to force Sterling to sell the team, which he has owned since the 1980s.”Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multi-ethnic league,” Silver said. Regardless of whether Sterling’s views were expressed in private, “They are now public and they reflect his views.”Sterling admitted it was his voice on the recording, Silver said. Asked whether the owner expressed any remorse for the comments, Silver said, “Mr. Sterling has not expressed those views directly to me.”Ex-NBAer ‘very pleased’ Sterling is goneSponsors drop Clippers after controversyCan Sterling come back from comments?NBA legend on ‘plantation mentality’The fine is the maximum that can be imposed under NBA rules. Under the ban, Sterling can’t go to games, attend practices, make decisions regarding the team or attend NBA meetings. And Silver said NBA owners are expected to provide the three-quarters vote needed to force Sterling to sell the team.Kevin Johnson, the chairman of the National Basketball Players Association, hailed Tuesday’s announcement.”I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you,” Johnson, a former NBA all-star who’s now the mayor of Sacramento, told reporters in Los Angeles.Monday night, Johnson had called on Silver to hit Sterling with the most severe penalties.”When a hint of cancer is shown, you have to cut it out immediately, and I feel that’s where the players are today,” he told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”And in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the Clippers organization said, “We …. (CONTINUED)

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