Los Angeles, CA (NNCNOW.com) --- Longtime Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life and fined $2.5 million by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, that after an investigation into alleged racist remarks made by Sterling on a recording released last week by TMZ.
Silver said Sterling admitted through the course of the investigation that the voice on the recording was his, prompting Silver to bar him from NBA games, practices, and facilities for life.
The league will also seek to force Sterling to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles franchise through a vote by the Board of Governors, with Silver saying on Tuesday he fully expects to have the support he needs to do so.
Should that happen, the league would assume ownership control of the franchise and have the authority to sell the team to a new, private owner or ownership group.
In the hours following Sterling's punishment, support from players and owners alike flooded media reports and social media sites, including the following statement from Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor:
“The Timberwolves stand firmly in full support of the swift and impactful action taken today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. His leadership and direction in this matter is completely appropriate and appreciated by the Timberwolves organization. We stand unified with Commissioner Silver today and reaffirm our organization’s zero tolerance approach to the type of reprehensible behavior which caused this action.”
The audio recording released last week by TMZ contains several minutes of Sterling, by his own admission to the league, speaking to a woman, asking her not to bring African Americans to Clippers games and criticizing her for taking pictures with several African American men.