According to Silver, the NBA has found the comments were in fact made by Sterling, and are representative of his views.
The commissioner banned Sterling for life from attending any NBA games or functions, including Clipper team facilities. He levied a $2.5 million dollar fine which Silver stressed was the maximum he was allowed under the constitution of the NBA. Further, Silver is recommending to the owners of the league that they execute the power wielded to them collectively to force a sale of the Clippers by Sterling.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who called for swift action in a statement released last night, was quick to support the commissioner via a tweet.
Commissioner Silver has made the right moves in response to this unfortunate absurd spectacle. #ZeroTolerance
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) April 29, 2014
The Clippers host the Golden State Warriors in game five of their first round playoff series this evening. The series is tied at two.