Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks will have him suspended indefinitely and paying $2.5 million in fines.
In a press conference Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver apologized for the incident and said his comments have no place in the league.
Silver says Sterling will not be able to attend any practices or games in the NBA.
An investigator reportedly confirmed that the leaked tape of Sterling making the racist comments had not been manipulated, confirming the male voice on the tape was the team owner.
Silver said Tuesday, regardless that the comments were originally made in private, they still reflect his views.
Sterling acknowledged that it was his voice recorded on the tapes, but has not yet made any comments of remorse, according to the press conference.
Other NBA team owners reportedly share the NBA commissioner's decision. Silver believes that, after talking with many players, they likely share the same views.
Silver said he is urging the board of governors to force Sterling to sell the team.
Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon:
“I applaud the actions taken today by Commissioner Silver in response to the disturbing comments made by Donald Sterling. Commissioner Silver’s decision upholds the principles of diversity, tolerance and respect for all people that the NBA and Phoenix Suns represent. The Commissioner has my full support.”