(WREG-TV) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has announced a lifetime ban for L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and a $2.5 million fine which Silver said is the maximum allowed.
Sterling will not be allowed to attend NBA games or interact with the team which he owns.
Silver said he will also push for Sterling to be forced to sell the team.
Saturday, the website TMZ posted a 10-minute recording of a conversation, reportedly between Sterling and his girlfriend, whose legal name is V. Stiviano.
According to the website, the conversation happened April 9.
On the recording, the man and woman argue about photos posted to Instagram in which she appears with African-Americans.
The man in the recording says he doesn’t want the woman bringing any black people to games with her because of how people with think about a Latina being with a black male.
Sterling has not commented publicly on the scandal.
Silver said Sterling told him it is his voice on the recording.
Team President Andy Roeser issued a statement this weekend that said, “what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect (Sterling’s) views, beliefs or feelings.”
He suggested that the recording was an attempt by Stiviano to “get even” with Sterling.
Sterling bought the team for $12 million in 1981 and is now worth $575 million, according to Forbes magazine.