The hammer has been dropped.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took to this afternoons press conference with power and authority. The discipline was sure to follow.
Silver opened by saying that the “investigation is complete.” The NBA concluded that the voice on the recording was in fact Sterling. Then, he dropped the bomb.
“Accordingly, effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA.”
“Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, may not be present at any team facilities and may not participate in any business or player/personnel decisions involving the team, Silver announced. He will also be barred of attending NBA board of governors meetings or participating in any other league activities.”
“Sterling was also fined $2.5 million by the league, the maximum amount under the NBA constitution. The funds will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts.”
“As for Mr. Sterling’s ownership interest in the Clippers, I will urge the board of governors to exercise its authority to force a sell of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens.”
Hammer dropped. Bravo, Silver. Bravo.
For a look at the ticketing side of this story, check out this article on The Daily Beast.