Rookie NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took a hard and decisive stance Tuesday afternoon, banning Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling from any association with the NBA for the rest of his life effective immediately. Silver barred the longtime Clippers owner from any contact with the team or the Association, including attending games. The Commissioner also stated that he will recommend to the NBA Board Of Governors, that Sterling be forced to sell the team.
Silver told reporters at a press conference an investigation that the Association completed an investigation and concluded that the voice on the audio-tape with V. Stiviano, that was reported on Friday night was the voice of Sterling. The Commissioner labeled the remarks as hateful and completely contrary to the views of the NBA.
The Board Of Governors can force Sterling to sell the franchise if three-quarters of the other team owners approve the measure. Silver told a reporter that the team-owners he has spoken with approve of the decision.
Los Angeles will be playing Tuesday night at the Staples Center as they host the Golden State Warriors in game five of their first-round NBA Playoff series, currently knotted up at 2-2. The fans and players reactions should give the Clippers a good shot at redeeming themselves after an unfocused performance in game four on Sunday.