So long, Sterling!
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA, according to league commissioner Adam Silver. He also must pay a $2.5 million dollar fine -- the maximum amount allowed by the NBA.
"When specific evidence was brought to the NBA, we acted," Silver said in during a press conference Tuesday. "Mr. Sterling has acknowledged that it was his voice on the tape."
Silver's decision comes just three days after TMZ Sports posted audio of Sterling making racist comments to his girlfriend, Vanessa Stiviano. In the phone recording, the 80-year-old criticizes his 31-year-old girlfriend for posting photos of herself with black people on Instagram -- including a snapshot with NBA legend Magic Johnson.
Several celebrities took to Twitter Tuesday to comment on Sterling's suspension.
I am now declaring my intent to buy the Clippers. The uniforms will be the same but bedazzled. @blakegriffin32 — Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 29, 2014
One less dickhead #DonaldSterling #goodnight
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 29, 2014
Wow. Banned for LIFE. Well done #AdamSilver— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 29, 2014
There is no amount of money that excludes you from treating other people with respect. Thank you, Adam Silver.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 29, 2014
I will always be a Knicks fan, but I am a business man. #DiddyBuyTheClippers #NameYourPrice — Diddy (@iamdiddy) April 29, 2014
Banning Sterling!! Commissioner Silver hit a three-pointer. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) April 29, 2014
Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 29, 2014
Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014
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