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Sterling banned for life by the NBA, fined $2.5 million by Commissioner Adam Silver

  • FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intent on moving quickly in dealing with the racially charged scandal surrounding Clippers owner Sterling. The NBA league will discuss its investigation Tuesday, April 29, 2014, before the Clippers play Golden State in Game 5 of their playoff series. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intent on moving quickly in dealing with the racially charged scandal surrounding Clippers owner Sterling. The NBA league will discuss its investigation Tuesday, April 29, 2014, before the Clippers play Golden State in Game 5 of their playoff series. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver, left, shakes hands with a fan after Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Carlos Avila Gonzalez)

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver, left, shakes hands with a fan after Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Carlos Avila Gonzalez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Clippers players listen to the national anthem wearing their warmup jerseys inside out to protest alleged racial remarks by team owner Donald Sterling before Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on  Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Clippers players listen to the national anthem wearing their warmup jerseys inside out to protest alleged racial remarks by team owner Donald Sterling before Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also says he will try to force a sale of the Clippers and also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

Silver called Sterling's comments and views "deeply offensive and harmful."