Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life from NBA, fined $2.5 million by NBA
In a saga which has lasted almost a week with releases of a very racially biased conversation within which Mr Donald Sterling who holds a significant ownership stake in the Clippers basketball national league team, the NBA have acted in accordance with their constitution, following a thorough investigation.
Their ruling delivered in a press conference via Fox News set out details of the penalty they intended to enforce and summarised the decisions of the NBA and it’s stakeholders. And or other civil
In the wake of the storm where Sterling’s representatives claim they only received details of the decision shortly before the press conference; several individuals within the NBA League have lauded the decision as appropriate and commensurate with the offence which flagrantly flouted NBA policies, socio community ethics and law.
It is unknown at this time if Sterling may also face criminal charges or civil action if it’s further determined that there were direct attacks and or references to specific individuals.
Part of the decision the NBA delivered included a pledge to support board members of the Clippers team to force Mr Sterling to sell the club and it is unknown whether this will take place and or how. It is likely that this may well be something Stirling will have to do as the primarily black team may well not wish to work for him directly or indirectly in the future.
Excepts of the recording are available here
The full press conference delivered by NBA is below