An NBA conference on the investigation into Donald Sterling is going down today at 2 PM EST, and can be streamed live below. The conference centers around the recent racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers' owner Donald Sterling; in leaked audio of a phone conversation Sterling had with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, he encouraged Stiviano not to bring Black people to his games, nor associate with them publicly.
Since the leaked phone call has hit the web, there has been plenty of uproar and, inevitably, backlash against the L.A. Clippers' owner as well as the team in general. Steve Stoute and Game have both called for boycotts of the team, while Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Snoop Dogg and plenty others have spoken out against Sterling. Many of the big sponsors for the L.A. Clippers have also backed out of their deals following the remarks.
UPDATE: Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 Million fine effective immediately for Donald Sterling. Silver will also urge the board of governers to try and convince Donald Sterling to sell the team.
Commissioner Silver has also fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution. The fine money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association.
As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity.
Commissioner Silver also announced that he will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.
The discipline issued today is based on the Commissioner's conclusion that Mr. Sterling violated league rules through his expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.