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Donald Sterling Banned For Life By The NBA

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(WLNS) - It's the conversation that's sparking outrage across the nation, Los Angeles Clippers basketball owner Donald Sterling.

After Sterling made racist comments last week, the NBA dropped the hammer on Sterling Tuesday afternoon.

It all started when Donald Sterling's girlfriend posted a picture of her with NBA star Magic Johnson on Instagram.

In response, Johnson commented Monday that Sterling should review his actions.

“Unfortunately he is a man in a powerful position. And a man who should be embracing minorities and not discriminating against them,” said Magic Johnson, Former NBA player, Lakers.

Just hours ago the NBA banned Sterling for life from all Clippers and NBA related activities

“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” said Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner.

The NBA also fined him $2.5 million dollars and will push for the sale of the team. Sterling is banned from attending all future NBA Board of Governor's meetings as well.

We spoke to former NBA player Desmond Ferguson, who is now the owner of Moneyball Sportswear here in Lansing. He says although he is upset about the situation, anger does not solve the problem.

“The anger isn’t going to do too much, but I think it's only right that he no longer owns an NBA team,” said Desmond Ferguson, Former NBA player, Trail Blazers.

However, Ferguson says this is a good conversation starter.

“I think that's how you kinda combat the racism and things that go on in America, but racism has always been in America and it's gonna continue to be here.”

Ferguson says he believes the NBA made the right move regarding Donald Sterling.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern


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