Wednesday, April 24, 2024

NBA Clippers Press Conference: Sterling Banned for Life, Recording Made by Sterling, “Hateful Opinions” Are His, “Deeply Offensive”


Donald Sterling has been banned entirely from the NBA and ordered to sell the LA Clippers by Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner. He’s also being fined $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed. The  money will be donated to charity. Sterling is banned from everything– attending, owning, thinking about the Clippers or the NBA.

In a press conference happening now, Silver expressed his outrage and disgust over the Sterling tapes. He said the NBA had determined it is Sterling on the tapes with his girlfriend. If Sterling doesn’t sell the Clippers, the NBA could force him to do it or kick the Clippers out of the NBA. Silver says an NBA committee will form and move forward immediately.

Sterling did admit to Silver that it was his voice on the tapes, but didn’t express any other sentiment– including remorse.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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