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DONALD STERLING

BANNED FOR LIFE

4/29/2014 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Sterling Banned From NBANBA Commish Adam Silver made the announcement Tuesday ... saying the NBA will also fine Sterling $2.5 million ... and insists, "I will do everything in my power" to "force" Sterling to sell the Clippers. 

Silver says he does not know if Sterling will fight the lifetime ban -- but says he has the full support of the NBA owners.

"I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him," Silver said.

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Silver says he spoke to several players, coaches and owners before deciding on the lifetime ban. 

As for the ban, Sterling will not be allowed to attend any NBA games or practices ever again ... and will not be permitted inside any team facilities. 

The $2.5 million fine will be donated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts. 

Silver says the ban will only pertain to Donald -- and not to his family members. 

During the news conference, Silver said he was "personally outraged" by Sterling's comments.

Silver says ... during the investigation, Sterling confirmed he made the racist comments.

Silver noted, "The hateful opinions are those of Mr. Sterling.  The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful." 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Sterling told V. Stiviano he did not want her to bring black people to Clippers games, including Magic Johnson. 

Magic has tweeted that he is "very happy and satisfied" with Silver's decision. 

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Soylent Green    

With this young lady, Stiviano, apparently the bigotry was ok as long as the cars, jewels, and money were rolling in. It's disgusting. Of course the racism was wrong, but she cosigned with it until the cash flow stopped. Karma is going to get you girl.

141 days ago
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HRH Prince Michael    

Silver, National Thug Association, and ALL "Corporate America" allies: THIS, is a sinister assault on the First Amendment.
NOTICE, is SERVED.

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"The House of David: Re: The Muslim Faith"

141 days ago
3.

Kristinajp    

Oh my. ..I hate to say this he might not live another year from his age and all the stress

141 days ago
4.

Tazz    

Talk about bullying for someone that has different thoughts than you. Not saying he is right, but why should he be punished for his views? I don't get it. He did nothing illegal.

141 days ago
5.

cluesarethere    

This is America.. He rightfully owns the team.

141 days ago
6.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

You have to admit, that pus.sy and or mouth was pretty damn powerful to bring a rich man down.

141 days ago
7.

Sue79    

Yeah no kidding. You got the money Honey, I got the time... Lol!

141 days ago
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Frosticles    

Are Oprah and the players the very last to find out???? The fans and the owners have ALWAYS known! The NBA is designed as a money making plantation system.

141 days ago
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cassandra    

Did the wife's lawsuit have something to do with the girls sudden disagreement with racism or was it Magic wanting a team? It is concerning that no ACT related to the words of this man yet he is being fined $5 million. How can that hold up in court? Do NBA owners sign a Clause abandoning their free speech?

141 days ago
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Mikey    

This was all about Magic Johnson trying to steal the team. I won't be surprised if he set up the illegal recording of that private conversation. The day after it came out he and is partners were in place talking about buying the Clippers.

After finding out the NBA isn't going to force the team be sold, Magic now says he's not interested in buying the team.

141 days ago
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HRH Prince Michael    

@Mikey: You mean "I like to employ White people",
Earvin "Tragic" Johnson?

141 days ago
12.

lili    

Boy did Sterling f*ck up good

141 days ago
13.

QueenB    

Bye Felicia..

141 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

I hope he shows up court side dressed as Colonel Sanders and holds his ground...

141 days ago
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Mulholland Drive    

The fine is unfortunately capped at 2.5 mil. Lifetime ban. That makes sense.

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