NBA bans Clippers owner for life, after racist remarks

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught making racist comments to a female friend last Saturday, has been banned for life by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and fined $2.5 million. Sterling’s voice was taped criticizing his friend for taking Instagram photos with Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp, because of their race. Thousands of Clippers fans promised to stop going to games so long as Sterling was around, including Johnson who came out and demanded Sterling be punished severely. Silver is now also pushing for a new owner to take over the team that Sterling purchased in 1981 for $12.5 million, and which is now valued at $575 million. As for the players, after a weak performance on Sunday against the Warriors in Game 4, they rose up like a phoenix on Tuesday with a strong 113-103 victory in Game 5.

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