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NBA hands Donald Sterling life-time ban

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Donald Sterling has been grabbing the headlines in the last few days for all the wrong reasons, as the owner's alleged racist comments, made to his wife Vanessa Stiviano, have caused a stir and have asked the question whether the LA Clippers owner will remain in basketball come the end of the week.

But on Tuesday, the NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated that Donald Sterling will be banned for life from the NBA.

This all resulted from a conversation which was recorded by Sterling's girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano where the 80-year-old stated comments which were offense to fans and the NBA players around the country.

Today Adam Silver addressed the public and stated to ESPN that he will do everything he can to make this action go through.

"I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners I need to remove him." Silver said.

The NBA commissioner went on to state that the NBA will always stick together to prevent people like Sterling condemning the sport.

"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views. They simply have no place in the NBA."

Silver went on to state he is fining Sterling $2.5 million which will be donated to organisations based around their works in anti-discrimination.

The ban will commence straight away as Sterling is also told to sell his stake within the club.

The Clippers' players showed a sign of protest on Sunday night wearing their training tops inside out so the Clippers' name was never seen, and other teams like Miami Heat followed in their footsteps doing the same action on Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Sterling took over the Clippers in 1979, and since then has grown a team which is to be regarded as one of the best in the league, but 25 years on the millionaire will have to sell the Clippers and never associate himself with the National Basketball Association again.

Silver carried on to say he is raged by the events that have taken place in the last few days, and believes a fix will come soon.

"I'm outraged, so I certainly understand other people's outrage. This will take some time, and appropriate healing will be necessary."

Sporting personalities and celebrities like Magic Johnson and Lil Wayne have all been showing their support for The Clippers' players and Adam Silver, believing that the NBA commissioner handled the case extremely well.

The Clippers are currently in the first round of the play-offs and with LA hosting the Golden State Warriors at the Staples centre, the crowd gave them a memorable ovation.

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