this afternoon i announced that, following the completion of a thorough investigation into an audio recording obtained by tmz, i banned Donald sterling for life from any association with the clippers or the nba, effective immediately. mr. sterling may not attend any games or practices, be present at any clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.
i also fined mr. sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the nba constitution. these funds will be donated to charitable organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the nba and its players association.
the views expressed by mr. sterling are deeply offensive and hurtful. i am extremely proud of this great league's diverse, respectful and inclusive culture, and we will not allow one individual's intolerant views to define us. let me be clear: mr. sterling's views have no place in the nba.
this had been a painful episode for all members of the nba family. i very much appreciate your understanding during this process. i also want to express my thanks and admiration to coach doc rivers, chris paul, and the entire clippers organization for their professionalism throughout this matter, and to chris and mayor kevin Johnson for their leadership and partnership on behalf of the players association.
and now i am eager to turn the spotlight back where it belongs: on the game we all love and on these thrilling playoffs, which have been some of the most exciting basketball I've seen in my 22 years with the league. i hope you enjoy the rest of the playoffs and the finals.
- mark j. tuggle
- harlem, usa
- same-gender-loving contemporary descendant of enslaved africans. community activist, feminist, health educator, independent filmmaker, mentor, playwright, poet & spiritual being. featured at, in & on africana.com, afrikan poetry theatre, angel herald, bejata dot com, bet tonight with tavis smiley, blacklight online, black noir, brooklyn moon cafe, gmhc's barbershop, klmo-fm, lgbt community services center, longmoor productions, nuyorican poets cafe, our corner, poz, pulse, rolling out new york, rush arts gallery, saint veronica's church, schomburg center for research in black culture, sexplorations, the citizen, the new york times, the soundz bar, the trenton times, the village voice, upn news, uzuri, venus, vibe, wbai-fm, wnyc-fm & wqht-fm. volunteered with adodi, bailey house, inc., black men's xchange-new york, colorofchange.org, drug policy alliance, east harlem tutorial program, imagenation film & music festival, presente.org, save darfur coalition, the enough project, the osborne association, the sledge group & your black world. worked on films with maurice jamal & heather murphy. writing student of phil bertelsen & ed bullins. firstname.lastname@example.org.