April 29, 2014 -- Donald Sterling was fined $2.5 million and banned for life from all NBA games after the Los Angeles Clippers owner was recorded making racist comments.
Adam Silver, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, held a news conference to announce the results of the investigation, which found that the voice heard on two recordings were those of Sterling.
"The hateful opinions are those of Mr. Sterling," Silver said. "The views are deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the outrage."
The players' union had asked Silver to rule quickly, preferably before the Clippers play host to Golden State in the fifth game of their playoff series this evening. Last weekend, Silver said he has broad authority to address issues with owners that threaten the game's best interests.
The league's bylaws allow for Silver to levy a penalty of up to $1 million without needing the approval of other owners if he deems Sterling's actions have damaged the league as a whole.
Silver is getting pressure from all sides, including the NAACP which has asked for a meeting with him.
The controversy is now hitting the Clippers where it hurts, in the wallet, as several companies have pulled their advertising.
In support of the Clippers' players the Miami Heat showed theirs last night before their playoff game with Charlotte. Like the Clippers did on Sunday, the Heat ran out of the tunnel wearing their warmups, huddled at center court and tossed their white shooting T-shirts to the ground. They then went through the pregame warmup with their red Heat warmup jerseys inside out, hiding the team's logo.
Obligatory mocking of this lunatic: