NBA Bans Clippers Owner Donald Sterling For Life
It was the moment of truth for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced sanctions against Sterling at a news conference in New York after the racist tirade that has stunned the nation.
Silver said, "Effective immediately, I am banning Donald Sterling for life."
INSIDE EDITION’s Lisa Guerrero was there and asked Silver, "You said that you were personally outraged. Yet, many people believe, that they are outraged, that for years, people have known that this man is a racist slumlord and that the NBA hasn't done anything until today. Can you please answer why?"
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Silver said, "I can't speak on past actions, except when specific evidence was brought to the NBA, we acted."
Outrage is running at fever-pitch over those audio tapes recorded by Sterling's ex-mistress V. Stiviano.
Famed movie director Spike Lee said this on CNN, "That is the mentality of a slave master. He see's his players as slaves."
LeBron James and the Miami Heat showed solidarity with the Clippers by tossing their shirts in center court and wearing their jerseys inside out before their playoff game on Monday night.
More protests are expected at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Tuesday at the Clippers playoff game against the Golden State Warriors, whose coach, Mark Jackson spoke to INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret. Jackson said, "If I was a fan, I am not coming to the game. That is a Clipper fan or Warrior fan."
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Moret was at the courtside seat where Donald Sterling sits for all the Clippers home games. His ex-mistress often sat right beside him. Now, NBA players and the fans are wondering if he'll have the nerve to ever show his face in the arena again.
The late night comedians are having a field day with Sterling's racist tirades.
David Letterman joked, “Earlier today, he was rushed to the Paula Deen rehab center in Georgia.”
Jimmy Fallon gagged, “Donald Sterling was actually scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, but they've called off that ceremony. Turns out black people don't want to be photographed with him, either.”
Arsenio Hall posed with a life-size cutout of Sterling so he could post the photo on Instagram with the caption, “Ebony and bigotry.”