Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is banned for life from the National Basketball Association and will be forced to pay a $2.5 million fine.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement this afternoon in response to a series of racist remarks attributed to Sterling. The remarks were recorded on audio tape and first reported by TMZ. Sterling can be heard telling his girlfriend V. Stiviano not to bring African-Americans to front rows at Clippers games. Sterling also warned her against posting photos of herself and any African-Americans to her Instagram account.
The NBA is expected to force the sale of Clippers and other sanctions. "It's also believed any suspension would include Sterling's removal from the NBA's Board of Governors, ensuring that he has no say in league matters during such a ban," reported ESPN.com in its analysis of the NBA's options to sanction Sterling.
Sterling is the personification of the pinstriped racist and would make an antebelleum plantation owner proud. Black men are human capital that should be exploited for profit—and are never welcome in the "Big House." Good riddance, bad trash, etc.