NBA Says Donald Sterling Banned for Life, Fined $2.M [VIDEO]

The NBA announced today that it has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined $2.5 million, the maximum amount, after he was recorded making racist comments.

“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during a news conference in New York.

Silver also said he would immediately recommend to the NBA Board of Governors that they force a sale of the Clippers and that he would do “everything in [his] power to ensure that happens.”

Sterling, 80, has owned the Clippers since 1981.

The money from the $2.5 million fine will be donated to anti-discrimination groups, Silver said.