After confirming the voice heard on a tape making racist comments
was in fact that of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Sterling for life
and said he will attempt to force Sterling into selling the franchise. He also fined Sterling $2.5 million.
Sterling, the league's longest tenured owner, is no longer allowed to attend games, practices or team-related events and cannot participate in any kind of league business.
The tape was leaked over the weekend and stirred controversy during the league's first round of playoff activity. The Clippers wore their warm-up jerseys inside-out
as a show of protest and solidarity (the Miami Heat mimicked this
to show support for the Clippers) before Sunday's game against the Golden State Warriors. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson even urged fans to stay away from game five of the series to protest
After winning 113-103 Tuesday night, the Clippers lead 3-2 in a best-of-seven series with the Warriors that resumes Thursday night.