Donald Sterling Banned, Fined $2.5M, NBA to Force Sale

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[Admin Edit] Adam Silver says they did interviewed Sterling, and confirmed that the audio recordings were from Sterling, who admitted it was him on the tapes. He is also apologizing by the NBA's behalf to several NBA greats including Magic Johson. Sterling may not attend any NBA games, nor be in any Clipper facilities, nor can he have any say in personnel decisions. The fine levied is $2.5 million, and the commissioner, with the help of other owners, will try to force a sale of the Clippers franchise. Silver also gives special thanks to Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, & Kevin Johnson during the process.

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TMZ: indefinite suspension, $5million dollar fine.

JQuick32
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If that's it, we are f***ed! He cannot remain as the owner of this team!

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NOOO!

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5 million? That's pocket change to this douche. That's like us getting a $25 dollar parking ticket. LMFAO. Why would I expect anything more. SMH

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Donald Sterling has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA and also fined $5 million, according to NBC News.

Recorded remarks of a racial nature made by Sterling were released to the media over the weekend.

Via RealGM Staff Report

http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/23 ... -Fined-$5M

JQuick32
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That's it, it's over for this franchise. Hope the chickenshit cowards at the NBA are happy.

Clipperfn4lf
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Let's just enjoy the present because our future is f*****.

JQuick32
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Beyond disappointed. The players really need to boycott now. This isn't good enough.

Thanks for everything, Doc, Blake, CP3, et al. And **** DONALD STERLING AND ADAM SILVER.

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JQuick32 wrote:

That's it, it's over for this franchise. Hope the chickenshit cowards at the NBA are happy.

DTS is a lawyer and knows the rules and his rights. No one thought this was gonna a be a quick process.

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Is Adam Silver usually late to his press conferences? Ugh.

Clipperfn4lf
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the whole NBA would need to boycott not just the Clippers.

ClippersDA
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The framework to get him or persuade him to sell is going to take time. Let's all

Breathe. This is step one

Clipperfn4lf
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yah, but it's going to force us to change our name and that is a touchy subject.

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This buys us time and since Sterling can not have any contact or decision making, it puts a temporary band-aid so we can get through the playoffs. Jeez people, I told you cannot just take the team away from him. This is the next best thing.

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We don't have time for steps. Doc and the players are gone because DTS still owns the team. They aren't waiting around for a long, drawn-out sale!

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Jeez, go outside and take a deep breathe.

fullcourt
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As I said before this is only the first step. If Silver goes any further it will simply end up being a very long court battle.

The player union votes over the summer to not play for or against the Clippers.

LuckTheFakers
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LOL @Silver acting all shocked like he thought Sterling & the other owners were Mother Theresa before this incident.

Also, he looks like Dr Evil. Maybe the fine will be ONE BILLION DOLLARS

ClippersDA
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I was with you but now you need to chill. Let's see what happens.

LuckTheFakers
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Lifetime ban. That's a good start.

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BAN FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Icecoldclipper
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Well this is about to go very bad.

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banned for life!

JahvonTheClip
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I hope this gets the players to see that the commissioner is behind them and that this isn't a one a done rule. It takes time and that things are being pushed forward

LuckTheFakers
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Lifetime ban and pretty much inevitable sale. About as good as we could have under the rules. There will probably be civil suits from Sterling over the fine, due to the illegality of the tape acquisition, but I think it's safe to say his time with the Clippers is over.

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How are you banned for life and still an owner?

JQuick32
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HOLY CRAP! A lifetime ban changes everything!

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How so? he's banned for life. He no longer pulls the strings. That leaves him to sell the team or sign it over to someone else.

LuckTheFakers
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That just means that he is tied into the business financially. He doesn't have say in the operations though (I don't think he really did before this either, but this is good for image).

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Calm down for christ sakes.This the 1st step in ridding the team of Sterling. With sponsor's dropping like flies and the NBA taking a financial hit this franchise will have a new owner, but it may take a little while.

I'm not sure what you expected the NBA to do NOW. Legally their hands are tied.

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Banned fo Life

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Banned for life!

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Very satisfied but what if he goes back to being a cheap BASTARD since he can't watch the team play.

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No matter who owns the team, DTS is not associated with the team any longer. he can't make any decisions, he doesn't represent the team. That's as good as it gets short of the selling the team. The owners now have to move to vote on making him sell.

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"He" Needs to Go, not just a lifetime ban, as a Black man I am very upset.

fullcourt
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The owners are gonna vote him out. They have no choice now and if you listen to Silvers remarks they don't sound like someone who spoke to Sterling and saw remorse.

ClipsGForce
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I love it! Silver is no slouch! Goodbye Donald! Don't let the door hit you.

tense2
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The cheap bastard will sell and take that 700+ mil profit.

JahvonTheClip
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TMZ was wrong too, never quote a troll a website, Alex kennedy admitted to the fact they were wrong!

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Great news. Awesome first step!

Icecoldclipper
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The biggest point Silver said Sterling showed no remorse. That is freaking insane.

JQuick32
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I've never been happier to be wrong in my life! It's finally over!

LuckTheFakers
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All that matters is perception. If the players & fans can rally behind this, that's good enough for me. Just gotta win games.

CLIPSET
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He bought the team for 15 mil.That's quite the investment for that animal.

ClipsGForce
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I think I'll like this Silver dude for a bit. Thank you! As long he fulfilled his promise to kick Donald out, I am satisfied.

tense2
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Yep CJ this is the 1st "band aid" on this open sore. A little time is needed before we can get a new owner and this disguising wound is healed.

As I though....all will turn out for the better.

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Players are satisfied based no Silver's comments just now. Let the playoffs begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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he can't make decisions for the team any longer.

tense2
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12 actually, but who's quibbling over a few mil, lol.

LuckTheFakers
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I like Silver and he's saying the right things, but he's doing some serious waffling on the question of why Sterling hadn't been investigated before this (eg, when the Baylor lawsuit came up). We all know (or at least the intelligent among us do) that the only reason they didn't go after Sterling before is that there was no outside pressure. That tells me this would be a non-issue if the league knew about the tapes but TMZ didn't blow it up.

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