NBA Drops Hammer On Donald Sterling And Bans Him From League For Life

Los Angeles Clippers owner Sterling puts his hand over his face in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on Tuesday afternoon that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned from the league for life. Sterling is also being fined $2.5 million, which is the maximum amount per the league’s constitution and will be urged to sell his interest in the Clippers organization by the Board of Governors, which will convene in the near future. Silver stated that Sterling cannot attend Clippers games, be anywhere near the team or have any say in any team matters. While Sterling still technically owns the team, he can’t have anything to do with the organization or the league.

All of this stems from Sterling’s racist comments that were caught on tape by his then-girlfriend, V. Stiviano. On the recording, Sterling stated that he did not want Stiviano to be seen publicly with black people or take pictures with them. This was cast against Sterling’s past history of discrimination, which had largely been ignored by the NBA, allowing Sterling to continue to act in an inappropriate manner. After the NBA was able to verify that the voice on the recording was Sterling’s, they went ahead and acted in the harshest possible manner.

Recently, sportswriter Bomani Jones, who tried to make Sterling’s history of inhumane racism and discrimination public back in 2006, has been asked about his thoughts on this matter. On Monday, while appearing on Dan Le Betard’s radio show, Jones blasted the mainstream media and the league for its laziness and willingness to turn a blind eye to racism that actually affects real people. Below is audio of Jones righteously blasting the way the media, politicians and people in general look at racism today:



As for Sterling, even if he refuses to sell his stake in the franchise, Silver pointed out that Sterling’s lifetime ban will still be in place. It is separate from Sterling’s ownership status. With that ban in place, Sterling really has no choice but to sell the team. However, nobody should cry for Sterling. His initial investment in the team was $12.5 million and the value of the franchise is now estimated at around $550 million. Therefore, he is going to make a huge profit return on his investment.

Below is the news release from the NBA in its entirety:


NEW YORK – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA, it was announced today at a press conference in Manhattan.

Commissioner Silver has also fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution. The fine money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association.

As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity.

Commissioner Silver also announced that he will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.

The discipline issued today is based on the Commissioner’s conclusion that Mr. Sterling violated league rules through his expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.

A transcript of Commissioner Silver’s press conference will be issued this afternoon and posted on the NBA’s media website (

A statement from Sterling will obviously be forthcoming.


23 Replies to “NBA Drops Hammer On Donald Sterling And Bans Him From League For Life”

  1. It’s about time. His history is disgusting, not only this particular incident. As a country, we need to “drop the hammer” on all racists in any way we can, and that means Republicans and broadcasters. We can’t change people’s ignorance, but we can refuse to let them stay in positions of power or authority whenever possible. When does Rush get the axe– and how?

  2. Wow..I was not expecting this extent. I thought that the right wing powers that be would purchase his way out or he would get a slap on the wrist. I guess the alleged status of those tapes has been confirmed but you know that Fox news will claim foul and blame this on Obama.

  3. Me, too. I was a little floored that they actually did the right thing. This man has a plantation mentality and no matter what Mark Cuban says about words being less important than deeds or slippery slopes, the words represented a lifelong pattern demonstrating that this man functionally believed he “owned” men who were lesser human beings than he is. Eww.

  4. The two Donalds can now hang together and whine about how they were set up by their women friends. Trash belongs with trash and these two old guys deserve each other.

  5. I had no idea until today that this slimebag was married. So just another good old rich white man trying to have everything and not be held accountable. I suspect there are many of these guys who own pro teams and feel the same way about their ‘laborers.’

  6. His soon-to-be-ex-wife, who has had to live with this cheating, racist creep, should be smiling all the way to the bank as well when he sells the team.

    Also too, I was thinking of how the feds can use the same tactic of sanctions (like with Russia) on Cliven Bundy…liens on land and grass fattened cattle sales, frozen bank accounts, all sorts of things…stuff the gun totin’ shoot’em up boys can’t stop. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out as well.

  7. The verified fact that he is a registered Republican doesn’t seem to stop the pathological liars on the right from continuing to spread this blatant falsehood. The right wing media machine has no conscience and no honor. Lying is their standard M.O.

  8. I think this is a sign that people are getting fed up to the back teeth with GOP racism. Nobody but the lowest of the lowest wattage people think Donald Sterling is a Democrat. Everything about him especially his pathological indifference to the feelings of others SCREAMS Republican.

  9. Just think about it Donald, All those minorities can attend YOUR GAMES and you can’t. Karma is a biotch!

    This should go down in legal folklore as the “Sterling Silver” decision?

  10. This is a great example of how these folks, groups, clans, whatever you want to call them SHOULD BE CALLED out publicly over this kind of garbage. It was swift and to the point. Your racism will not be tolerated.

  11. The decision of being forced to sell will fly. Sterling’s mouth will affect the cash flow of the other 29 owners negatively if they don’t get rid of him. They may not care about his racism, but they most certainly care if it cost’s them money.

    As always, follow the money…

  12. LA NAACP Pres Says Sterling’s Words Don’t Reflect His Heart

    Leon Jenkins LA NAACP
    For years Donald Sterling has been using his blood money to buy off the LA NAACP. So unfortunately, although disgusting and saddening, it’s no surprise the president of the Los Angeles chapter, Leon Jenkins, spoke in defense of the Clippers owner and even went as far as to say his words don’t reflect his heart.

    “God teaches us to forgive, and the way I look at it, after a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don’t reflect his heart, I think there’s room for forgiveness. I wouldn’t be a Christian if I said there wasn’t,” Jenkins said.
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  13. Why do you mention Republicans in your post? This man was a registered Democrat as well as a heavy Democrat donation giver. Your post show bias in you. I suggest you look in a mirrow if you want to see a racist.

  14. I don’t think people should be fired every time they say something most people don’t agree with, but with a history there must be consequences. People like Rush, Palin, Ted Nugent, all of Fox News their time of spreading hate should come to an end. They add nothing to the good of our country. Fox should be considered a danger to the safety of America they gin up so much hate people are ready tto kill others. I wish they could be taken off the air give them a street corner to shout from. Then we could act like adults and have a conversation instead of a hate feast.

  15. You should get your news from sources other than Drudge or Faux Snooze.

    Donald Sterling donated a total of $6,000 to 3 democrats prior to 1992 plus a 2002 donation ($5,000) to former California Gov. Gray Davis.

    Sterling is a registered Republican and has been at least since 1998.


  16. No, he is a registered Republican. And have you not noticed that many of the most racist statements come from the Tea-Party; the radical arm of the Republican Party. Please, no more revisionist history from you.

  17. I am mightily disappointed in my city, Los Angeles, for not dropping the hammer on this “white-bread” slumlord years ago. He has been dragged into court on more than one occasion for discriminating against his non-white tenants. We have laws here against such discrimination, but apparently, if you are rich, you can buy people off and continue to get away with it. Despicable.

  18. I wouldn’t have cared what his political affilation is, but knowing that he’s a registered Republican comes as no surprise. That’s because he has that same blatantly racist and sexist mentality that many if not most Republicans seem proud to advertise these days. I’m happy that he received this ban for life, and hope it sends a message to others like him. However, I think it also had a lot to do with the NBA’s bottom line. With black folks among both players and fans, they ran the risk of bleeding revenue if they had kept Sterling on. That said, I’m glad he’s gone.

  19. What an ironic name for a piece of garbage like Sterling. He is anything but sterling. He should be banned from dealing with the public in any way. The right are getting more vile and filthy every day.

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