NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just announced at a press conference that Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league. On top of that, Sterling also has to pay a $2.5 million dollar fine.
“I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” said Silver.
The LA Times first broke the story.
“The NBA’s bylaws allow for owners to be expelled from the league, though that power is reserved for limited circumstances, such as the inability to operate financially, gambling on league games or fixing games.
The more likely route, which Silver undertook, lay within Article 35 of the NBA Constitution, which allows the commissioner to indefinitely suspend owners for “conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the association.”
All of this has happened with the team preparing for Tuesday night’s Game 5 of its best-of-seven playoff series against Golden State; the series is tied, 2-2.” (LA Times)