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NBA bans Donald Sterling for life

KWAPT April 29, 2014 Around the NBA, News 25 Comments

NBA commissioner Adam Silver just announced that LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling has received a lifetime ban from the NBA. Sterling was also fined $2.5 million dollars, the maximum fine allowed, and Silver urged the NBA Board of Governors to do what they can to help force a sale of the team. Here’s video of Silver’s speech/announcement that I filmed on my iPhone. The official press release is below, as is a statement just released by the Celtics:

NBA COMMISSIONER ADAM SILVER BANS DONALD STERLING FOR LIFE

NEW YORK, April 29, 2014 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA, it was announced today at a press conference in Manhattan.

Commissioner Silver has also fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution. The fine money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association.

As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity.

Commissioner Silver also announced that he will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.

The discipline issued today is based on the Commissioner’s conclusion that Mr. Sterling violated league rules through his expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.

A transcript of Commissioner Silver’s press conference will be issued this afternoon and posted on the NBA’s media website (mediacentral.nba.com).

Statement on Commissioner Silver’s Decision
BOSTON – Statement from Celtics Managing Partners Wycliffe Grousbeck, H. Irving Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca and Robert Epstein: “The entire Boston Celtics organization and our ownership group fully support the decisive action taken by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver today. The Celtics stand for inclusion and equality, and we are proud to be a part of a league that shares the same values.”

Woj says that folks are already lining up to make bids on the team:

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  • LA Flake

    I wouldn’t be surprised a bit if someone ends up paying over $1 BILLION for the Clippers. Nice way to “punish” Donald Sterling, Silver.

    • RedsLoveChild

      $1B is easily within reach.

      Do the math—-The Bucks were recently sold at huge discount {$500M}.
      Milwaukee is a tiny fraction of the LA market, and they have a terrible team.

      • LA Flake

        oh no doubt. the dodgers were sold for $2 billion. the clips are the new darlings of the nba. and they’re in los angeles. AT LEAST $1 billion.

  • KWAPT

    Screenshot of Clippers’ current homepage. Supposedly will be giving t-shirts out tonight with this as well:

    • LA Flake

      It simply says, “WE ARE ONE.”
      Well, I say, “You’re still the Clippers!”

      • adam

        Let the team fall apart and have him not sell. We control their next years draft pick. And we could use a center… *ahem* Mr Jordan.

      • frickenWaaaltah

        http://hoopshype.com/salaries/la_clippers.htm

        Well as for retaining players, he couldn’t have picked a better time to be an ass. Most of the rotation is under contract at least until 2016, Griffin and CP3 till 2017 with player options for 2018.

        • LA Flake

          Right. But had Silver not intervened, CP3 and Co would’ve caused a big stink within the organization demanding trades and what not. As well as Doc. And things would’ve fallen apart ANYWAY. But maybe that was Silver’s plan all along: Give Sterling a very lucrative out. Because if Sterling stays, the Clippers’ value will plummet. No chance of that happening now.

          • frickenWaaaltah

            I really doubt he’ll sell. He’ll just hold out until he dies, then pass it on to his (adult) kids as I would guess he has planned to do.

            Maybe they will come to some arrangement where he passes it on BEFORE he dies like uh, King Lear. Not that it worked out well for King Lear, but I could see that being a general sort of path that might get them to a workable solution which all parties would accept.

  • Mencius

    Wonder if that Seattle group will try to buy them. I’m guessing they will try. I bet the Clips remain in LA though.

  • adam

    Hey guys. I got a couple grand saved. who wants to own a basketball team? The Reds Army Management Group sounds good right?

    • LA Flake

      Let’s buy the Clippers and relocate it to Worcester!

      • bill_nair

        My hometown!

      • adam

        That or the home of basketball, Springfield. They jsut lost their D-league team.

      • frickenWaaaltah

        Lol so what would you call an NBA team from Worcester?

        • LA Flake

          Worcester Womynizers!

  • KGino

    So… That draft pick we got for Doc is looking pretty sweet

    • swissflix

      when do we get it? next summer?

      • RedsLoveChild

        Yes, next summer….and given the fact that Silver has already stated there are NO plans to grant free agency to Clipper players, it will probably be the 25th-30th pick.

        • KGino

          says Mr. Negative Nancy

          • KGino

            Pessimistic Peter

  • RedsLoveChild

    Sterling is NOT the biggest loser resulting from Silver`s decision today.

    Be scared, Ms. Stiviano….be very scared!!

  • adam

    So does this mean he can’t get league pass either?

    • frickenWaaaltah

      He’s allowed to, so long as he doesn’t post about it on instagram.

      • LA Flake

        or watch it with magic or oprah. but he’s welcome to watch it with al sharpton. i mean, he needs to suffer for his crime.