Adam Silver bans Sterling for life

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The NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for racial comments he made to his reported girlfriend. The NBA will immediately begin working to try to force him to sell the team.
Adrian Wojnarowski

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reads a statement during a news conference, in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that he is banning Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers organization, in response to racist comments the league says he made in an audio recording. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reads a statement during a news conference, in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that he is banning Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers organization, in response to racist comments the league says he made in an audio recording. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reads a statement during a news conference, in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that he is banning Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers organization, in response to racist comments the league says he made in an audio recording. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Spike Lee attends the press conference as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discusses punishment for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Spike Lee attends the press conference as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discusses punishment for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and heavily fined by the NBA over racist comments he made. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and heavily fined by the NBA over racist comments he made. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, working on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, addresses a news conference outside City Hall, after National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver made an announcement regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in Los Angeles, California, April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life for racist comments that outraged players, fans and the U.S. President. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT POLITICS)
Sacramento Mayor Johnson, working on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, addresses a news conference outside City Hall
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, working on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, addresses a news conference outside City Hall, after National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver made an announcement regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in Los Angeles, California, April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life for racist comments that outraged players, fans and the U.S. President. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT POLITICS)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks as retired basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L) and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (C), who is working on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, stand by at a news conference outside City Hall, after National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver made an announcement regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in Los Angeles, California, April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life for racist comments that outraged players, fans and the U.S. President. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT POLITICS)
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti speaks as retired basketball star Abdul-Jabbar and Sacramento Mayor Johnson stand by at a news conference outside City Hall
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks as retired basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L) and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (C), who is working on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, stand by at a news conference outside City Hall, after National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver made an announcement regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in Los Angeles, California, April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life for racist comments that outraged players, fans and the U.S. President. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT POLITICS)
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, center, and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar embrace during a news conference outside City Hall in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after Johnson's comments on the decision by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from basketball for life in response to racist comments the league says Sterling made in a recorded conversation. Former NBA player Luke Walton applauds at rear right rear. (AP Photo)
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, center, and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar embrace during a news conference outside City Hall in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after Johnson's comments on the decision by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from basketball for life in response to racist comments the league says Sterling made in a recorded conversation. Former NBA player Luke Walton applauds at rear right rear. (AP Photo)
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, center, and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar embrace during a news conference outside City Hall in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after Johnson's comments on the decision by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from basketball for life in response to racist comments the league says Sterling made in a recorded conversation. Former NBA player Luke Walton applauds at rear right rear. (AP Photo)
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, working on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, speaks as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (L) and retired basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (R) look on at a news conference outside City Hall, after National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver made an announcement regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in Los Angeles, California, April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life for racist comments that outraged players, fans and the U.S. President. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT POLITICS)
Sacramento Mayor Johnson, working on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, speaks as Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and retired basketball star Abdul-Jabbar look on at a news conference outside City Hall
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, working on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, speaks as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (L) and retired basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (R) look on at a news conference outside City Hall, after National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver made an announcement regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in Los Angeles, California, April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life for racist comments that outraged players, fans and the U.S. President. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT POLITICS)
Sport fans watch television monitors at a restaurant in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 26, 2014, showing a live broadcast of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's news conference in New York. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo)
Sport fans watch television monitors at a restaurant in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 26, 2014, showing a live broadcast of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's news conference in New York. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo)
Sport fans watch television monitors at a restaurant in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 26, 2014, showing a live broadcast of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's news conference in New York. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo)
Journalists wait for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to address a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Journalists wait for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to address a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Journalists wait for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to address a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Journalists wait for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to address a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Journalists wait for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to address a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Journalists wait for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to address a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a press conference to discuss Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a press conference to discuss Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, walks away after a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, walks away after a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, walks away after a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and accusations that he made racist remarks to a girlfriend on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Sterling, a billionaire, will be banned for life in the NBA. Sterling has a controversial history in racially charged Los Angles with previous accusations of racism tempered by philanthropic work in inner city neighborhoods. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a press conference to discuss Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a press conference to discuss Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and heavily fined by the NBA on over racist comments he made. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and heavily fined by the NBA on over racist comments he made. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Spike Lee takes a cell phone picture during the press conference by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discusses punishment for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Spike Lee takes a cell phone picture during the press conference by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discusses punishment for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and heavily fined by the NBA on over racist comments he made. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and heavily fined by the NBA on over racist comments he made. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver walks to the podium at news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that he is banning Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers organization, in response to racist comments the league says he made in an audio recording. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver walks to the podium at news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that he is banning Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers organization, in response to racist comments the league says he made in an audio recording
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver walks to the podium at news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that he is banning Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling for life from the Clippers organization, in response to racist comments the league says he made in an audio recording. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association was facing mounting pressure to impose a harsh punishment on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his alleged racist comments that have sparked widespread outrage in the United States. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference in New York April 29, 2014. The National Basketball Association was facing mounting pressure to impose a harsh punishment on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his alleged racist comments that have sparked widespread outrage in the United States. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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