Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling may soon be cut from his own team following the release of an audio tape in which Sterling admonishes his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, for posting to Instagram photos of her associating with "black people." The person with whom she was appearing, the one who led to Sterling's racist comments, was none other than basketball legend Magic Johnson.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday in a press conference that Sterling would be banned from the league for life and subjected to a $2.5 million fine. Silver further declared that the league would begin the process of forcing Sterling to sell the Clippers.
Sterling, a billionaire real estate developer with three decades as an owner in the NBA, has had a history of controversy, including a wrongful termination suit by a former general manager as well as accusations of housing discrimination. Sterling isn't alone, however, in the history of eccentric if not downright offensive owners of major sports franchises.