(CBS SF) — In an NBA news conference Tuesday afternoon, commissioner Adam Silver is expected to speak about the audio recording purportedly of Donald Sterling telling a friend he didn’t want Black people at Clippers games.
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Silver could announce fines, sanctions or the process of sanctioning the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers after TMZ posted a 10-minute audio clip on Saturday of Sterling reportedly talking to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, who is Mexican and Black, about not bringing Blacks to Clipper games, and not posting pictures of Blacks to Instagram. She is currently facing a lawsuit from Sterling’s wife.
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Sterling could be suspended for life or fined up to a million dollars, among other punishments.
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Clippers management has said the comments do not reflect Sterling’s views, and supporters including Donald Trump say while the comments are reprehensible, Sterling was baited and set up by a vindictive girlfriend. Additionally, if the recording was made in California, it would also be illegal as both parties in a recording must consent to being recorded.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who also heads a committee with the National Basketball Players Association, sent an email to Silver outlining what punishments the players expect. This includes keeping Sterling from attending any games through the playoffs, give players a full accounting of the prior racism charges against him and why there was no NBA action then, explain the range of sanctions available if the audio recording is found to be accurate, and carry out this process within seven days.