The NBA has handed out a strong punishment to Donald Sterling, in the wake of the LA Clippers owner's alleged racist comments.
Adam Silver, speaking in a specially organized press conference, banning Sterling for life from any involvement with the Clippers and the NBA whilst also handing down a $2.5 million dollar fine - the most allowed under the NBA consitution.
The punishment relates to a audio clip released to the public over the weekend by TMZ in which a voice, which Silver confirmed was that of Sterling, made erroneous and derogatory comments concerning black people.
Since then there has been a unanimous call, from inside the league and the wider world, for Sterling to be punished to the fullest extent possible.
"The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deepy offensive and harmful," said Silver who added his own personal outrage whilst apologizing to the great african-american players of the league who had been effected.
Silver banned Sterling from participating in any NBA business or interaction with player personnel, as well as attending league activity.
Silver finished his prepared statement by urging the board of NBA owners to force Mr. Sterling to sell the LA Clippers - a move that would require three-quarters of them to vote in favor of removing the disgraced owner.
"We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's vies, they simply have no place in the NBA."