Donald Sterling
Donald Sterling
Sterling courtside in 2012.
Personal information
Born Donald Tokowitz
April 26, 1934 (1934-04-26) (age 86)
Chicago, Illinois
Career information
High school Theodore Roosevelt
(Los Angeles, California)
College Cal State
Career history
1979-2014 Los Angeles Clippers

Donald Sterling (born Donald Tokowitz; April 26, 1934) is an American businessman and former basketball executive. He is the former of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling purchased the team in 1979 from Jerry Buss.

Controversy and ban

On April 25, 2014, TMZ Sports released a recording of a conversation between Sterling and a female friend, V. Stiviano, In the recording from September 2013, a man confirmed to be Sterling was irritated over a photo Stiviano posted on Instagram in which she posed with Basketball Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson. Sterling told Stiviano: "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people" and "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want", but "the little I ask you is ... not to bring them to my games." On April 29, 2014, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling had been banned from the league for life and fined $2.5 million, the maximum fine allowed by the NBA constitution. The ban prohibits Sterling from attending any NBA games, entering any Clippers facility, or participating in any business decisions for the Clippers or the NBA. The punishment was one of the most severe ever imposed on a professional sports owner.

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