NEW YORK, NY – The owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers has been clipped. For life!
NBA commissioner Adam Silver not only suspended Donald Sterling for life over tape-recorded racist comments that surfaced over the weekend, but he also hit Sterling with a fine of $2.5 million bucks, the maximum allowed by the league.
“Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games, or practices, he may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or player/personnel decisions involving the team,” Silver said.
Silver told reporters Sterling admitted that it was his voice on the secret audio recording leaked by Sterling’s well-rewarded mistress, V. Stiviano.
“Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multi-cultural, and multi-ethnic league,” Silver said.
Some Rockets had their own reactions.
“I think it’s good. You know, I think it was disgusting, and that there’s no room for that in the league,” said Chander Parsons. “But the NBA handled it the way they should.”
“We need to do this every day, for bullying and for violence, for that stuff. We need to stand together and stand strong,” noted Dwight Howard.
Along with the life-time ban and fine, the NBA will force Sterling to sell the team he’s owned since the 1980s.
So now, Sterling has lost his team, lost his girlfriend, and lost his wife, just as his losing team starts winning.
Talk about some weird irony.