NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NBA has made its move, and it didn’t mess around.
Issuing about the strongest rebuke that he could, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life Tuesday for making racist comments in a recorded conversation, the first step toward forcing a sale of the club and permanently removing Sterling from the league.
Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million, and again expressed outrage.
“I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners I need to remove him,” Silver said.
As CBS 2’s Otis Livingston reported, the Clippers came together Tuesday night for a huddle seconds before running onto the court. Fans went wild, waving signs of support after the bombshell decision.
Several owners also immediately chimed in with support of Silver’s decision. Sterling, the league’s longest-tenured owner and someone with an estimated net worth of about $2 billion, did not offer any immediate comment.