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NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life Over Racial Controversy LA Times

The NBA has come down hard on Donald Sterling after a tape surfaced on which the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers appears to make racist comments.

The Los Angeles Times reports that NBC Commissioner Adam Silver said at a news conference today that the league will impose a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine on Sterling.

Silver is quoted in the story saying: "I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA."

"Silver also said he would urge NBA owners and the board of governors to force Sterling to sell the team," the report adds. "Most were expecting a large fine and suspension to be handed to Sterling after he allegedly made controversial remarks about blacks that created widespread outrage."

The report notes: "The NBA's bylaws allow for owners to be expelled from the league, though that power is reserved for limited circumstances, such as the inability to operate financially, gambling on league games or fixing games.

"The more likely route, which Silver undertook, lay within Article 35 of the NBA Constitution, which allows the commissioner to indefinitely suspend owners for 'conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the association.'"

Please click here to read TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross's commentary on the Donald Sterling situation, published earlier today.

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