LA Clippers owner receives lifetime ban from NBA commissioner

By Stefani Camille
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
April 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers team owner, Donald Sterling, 80, was apparently recorded having a racially insensitive conversation with mistress prior. The audio of that conversation was released and made public over the weekend. V. Stiviano, 31, the other woman in Sterling’s life is being accused of creating the scandal that puts him in the media as being racist.

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The audio tape of Sterling talking to Stiviano about her public affairs with black people was publicized by TMZ and Deadspin.  TMZ believes that the same woman on the tape also leaked it to the media. And, apparently, Stiviano is not popular with Sterling’s family since she is named as a defendant in a lawsuit with his wife.

 




The NBA addressed the allegations against Sterling at a news conference on Tuesday, and calling for sanctions against Sterling, President Barack Obama had a few words to say about the allegations. The president said this about the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers “incredibly offensive racist statements,” before casting them as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must vigilantly fight.

 Then, the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP fired back at the owner. Sterling was selected to be honored a second time with a lifetime achievement award. But since the controversy broke over his racially insensitive comments, the NAACP has rescinded the honor along with plans to return his monetary donation.

 Today, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine to Donald Sterling. Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and given the maximum fine possible for racist remarks.

 Sterling’s scandal affects many inside and outside the world’s biggest basketball league. Golden State coach Mark Jackson said Monday that fans should make a statement by staying home. And over a dozen companies — including State Farm, Virgin America, CarMax, Red Bull and Adidas — halted their sponsorships, at least temporarily, with the Clippers over the remarks according to CNN Money report.

Speaking Tuesday, the commissioner said he shares these companies “outrage,” adding “it will take some time” to get things right.

 

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