Jan 10, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 123-87. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NBA to suspend Clippers owner Donald Sterling indefinitely, fine him $2.5 million

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who is awaiting the press conference from the NBA to address his fate in the wake of recorded racist comments that were leaked over the weekend, will be suspended indefinitely and fined a total of $2.5 million according to a report from TMZ Sports.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has tentatively decided to suspend Clippers owner Donald Sterling INDEFINITELY and impose a multi-million-dollar fine — but Sterling will NOT be forced to sell the team — sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Sports.

The tape was originally leaked to TMZ late Friday night and has caused a stir within the entire sports community ever since. Everyone within the NBA world has been about as outspoken as can be regarding the situation, including the Clippers team themselves on Sunday who staged a silent protest prior to their game with the Warriors.

It’s not known at this point what the NBA plans to do going forward from here, however this seems like the suspension was put in place until the NBA can help find a suitable owner for the team.

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  • scallywag

    Despite the canning Sterling received one ought to be concerned about him being forced to sell the team given the fact that he had made his remarks in private and were of a personal nature and did not portend to any active policy towards running or managing the team he owns.

    In essence for better or worse, Donald Sterling was simply voicing his thoughts, opinions, no matter how vile or insensitive they may be, something that one oughtn’t be segregated for in a nation where one can express what they please. Then again this is an industry where there is too much money at stake, sponsorship deals to make and principles will be thrown out the door to make sure that ‘good will remains,’ never mind the fact that for many years Sterling’s actions and attitude were complicity endorsed by the fellow owners and the NBA itself.