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      NBA bans Sterling for life, fined $2.5M

      T he owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, has been banned for life by the NBA -- which is now going to try to force him to sell the team.

      Sterling has also been fined $2.5 million.

      It's part of the fallout from racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Sterling admits that it's his voice on the tape.

      Silver says he expects to get the support he needs from other NBA owners in order to remove Sterling from his ownership position.

      The penalty is the harshest one ever issued by the league -- and one of the stiffest punishments ever given to an owner in professional sports.

      Sterling is immediately banned from attending any NBA games or practices. He can't be present at any Clippers office or facility, and he can't take part in any business or player personnel decisions.

      It's not clear how he will respond.

      Sterling's comments were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin. A number of NBA owners and players have condemned the remarks.

      Players welcome commissioner's action against Sterling.

      Current and former NBA players are among those welcoming today's decision by Commissioner Adam Silver to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life.

      Silver will now try to force Sterling to sell the team. And he's fining Sterling $2.5 million, for racist comments he allegedly made in a recorded conversation -- in which he's heard apparently telling a female companion that she shouldn't "broadcast" the fact that she's "associating with black people."

      Former NBA star Magic Johnson, who is referenced in the taped conversation, says Silver "showed great leadership" in banning Sterling for life.

      Current star LeBron James of the Miami Heat tweeted his thanks to Silver for protecting the NBA by taking the action against the Clippers owner. James called the commissioner a "great leader."

      As for the Clippers, the team's website has a simple message that reads, "We are one." The team issued a statement saying, "We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today." It said, "Now the healing process begins."