NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association was facing mounting pressure to impose a harsh punishment on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his alleged racist comments that have sparked widespread outrage in the United States.    REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES  - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)   - RTR3N4PT

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    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life and fined him $2.5 million for the racist remarks he made in a leaked phone call. Silver said the NBA interviewed Sterling and he admitted to being the voice on the tape. "The views expressed are deeply offensive and harmful, that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my anger," Silver said. Sterling will not be involved with games or practices, offices and facilities, or any team business matters. Silver said he is pushing the NBA Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the team, which requires the approval of three-quarters of the board. The vice president of the NBA player's union said players were prepared to boycott all the playoff games if Sterling was not suspended. 

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