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Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Fined $2.5M and Banned for Life by NBA

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(NBC News) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will be banned for life and fined $2.5 million for racist comments, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday.

The move comes after days of outrage at ugly words attributed to Sterling from a taped conversation with an ex-girlfriend.

The comments, where the owner seemed to say he didn't want his much-younger girlfriend hanging out with Black people on Instagram or bringing them to games, were first by TMZ and then in another recording posted on the website Deadspin.

The NBA had said if it was unable to authenticate the tapes, but Sterling's wife told KABC-TV in Los Angeles that it was her husband on the recordings.

At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner Silver said an investigation had confirmed that the voice on the tapes and the "hateful opinions voiced" were those of Sterling.

"Shortly after the release of an audio recording his past Saturday morning, of a conversation that allegedly included Clipper owner Donald Sterling, the NBA commenced an investigation, which among other things including an interview of Mr. Sterling," said Silver. "That investigation is now complete"

Silver called Sterling's comments and views "deeply offensive and harmful."

The commissioner said that Sterling had not been fined by the league in the past for other rumors of racism because the investigations never bore fruit.

A senior NBA official told NBC News that the league's Board of Governors, the 30 owners of NBA teams, were not consulted on sanctions against Sterling and wasn't even told of the specifics until close to 2 p.m. ET, when the news conference started.

The official said that the commissioner wanted to fine Sterling $5 million, or more, but the league rules allow for only $2.5 million.

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