Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Punished for Life for Racist Comments (VIDEO)

Donald Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and fined the maximum amount of $2.5 million for racist comments he made to his girlfriend. Sterling's girlfriend, V. Stiviano, recorded Sterling on a long rant saying how he didn't want her putting any black people -- including Magic Johnson -- on her Instagram account nor bringing them to Clippers games. The sickening audiotape, which was verified by the NBA, was then leaked to TMZ Sports.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the punishment this morning. So Sterling will be in the humiliating but deserved position of not being able to attend the games or practices of the team he owns. He will not be able to be a part of operations of the team either.

Additionally, Silver says he is going to "do everything in [his] power" to get Sterling to sell the team.

The $2.5 million fine will be put toward "anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts."

You think we live in a post-racial world, with African-Americans in some of the highest positions in politics, sports, and entertainment, and then you hear a rant like Sterling's and realize that some people still live in the Jim Crow era. And here Sterling had a team full of African-Americans. It's so mind-blowingly awful that many are wondering if the 80-year-old Sterling is suffering from dementia.

However, Sterling has a history of this sort of thing. He was sued once for discrimination (but he won the case). Additionally, he has paid huge fines for refusing to rent apartments to African-Americans. It's pretty clear where he stands -- despite having a mixed-race girlfriend.

Sterling's arrogance and racism not only got him into this mess -- but his extremely poor judgment did too. Here was a man who seemed to think he could trust a much, much younger woman who is commonly known to seduce rich older men. He probably imagined she truly loved him. No fool like an old fool. A racist old fool.

Do you think the punishment was fair?

Image via TMZ

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Laine... Lainey0468

Yes, he deserved it.  What a pig.  This is 2014 for God's sake.  God said to love EVERYONE, not just white people.


He is sick he has a mixed - race girlfriend but he don't like black people that's insane .I love all people I can't blame every white person for putting my ancestors in the cotton field I would never disrespect anyone that's painful.

IKnow... IKnow0101

After reviewing comments from other sites some people are defending him and think his comments are justified because rappers use the N word all the time. Characterizing a group of people by a few is what's wrong with this world. This guy can think what he want but when it spills into the work place punishment is needed. There is no freedom of speech violation here. What person would want to do business with him at this point.

nonmember avatar Duh

Your hero OBAMA say heinz 57 varities of racist sh!t all the time and no one says squat.This skank who illegally taped him should be drawn and quartered.Mr Sterling's biggest sin was having a friggin' treacherous,goldding minority girlfriend

Kattey Kattey

Well, I guess we know where Duh fits on the racist scale.

If this guy has such an issue with blacks, he certainly has no business owning a sports team that is primarily black. What a douche.

can_c... can_can21

I definitely don't agree with what he said but it bothers me more that he got in trouble for expressing his opinion. Everyone has said something stupid or hateful at one point or another in their life, does that mean they should be blackballed and sued?

nonmember avatar me

Cancan-I think sometimes people misconstrue their first amendment right. Sure, he shouldn't be arrested for having his opinion no matter how offensive, but the NBA is a business like any other and when your "opinions" reflect poorly on said business, they reserve the right to take action against you within the realm of business practices. I've said stupid things...but if those stupid things got back to my boss and I got canned for it that would be my own fault.

nonmember avatar Thompson

This Sterling guy reminds me of the aloof elder uncle that we see once a year at Thanksgiving and have to listen to his racist rants. It's uncomfortable for everyone and thankfully this level of angry, outspoken rascism seems to be stuck in a dying breed of a certain segment of a much older generation.

What gets me is how it took Sterling this long to get exposed as he had a long track record of being an outspoken racist. And ironically, he was recently given an award by the NCAAP. And he is a registered democrat. Very surprising. This link details what an outrageous public record Sterling had for years:

Mark Cox

the guy has been a racist and bigot for 30 years..but now people are acting like they are taking some noble stand..if you werent speaking up before dont speak up now

Mark Cox

and im sure if-me-got canned by their boss they would stand up and say my fault..nope they would hire a lawyer and yell unfair..right,me? of course you would

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