NBA Donald Sterling Press Conference: Players, Team Owners And Social Media React [LIVE UPDATES]

 @lukeydukeyl.villapaz@ibtimes.com on April 29 2014 1:05 PM
Donald Sterling
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sits on the sidelines wathcing his team play the New York Knicks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles in this February 11, 2009 file photo. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Update 2:22 p.m.: NBA commissioner announced that Sterling has recieved a lifetime ban from the NBA and fined $2.5 million.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is expected to announce the basketball league’s findings into racist remarks allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at a press conference on Tuesday.

Over the past few days, Sterling has been under investigation by the NBA, which was initiated after TMZ obtained and published audio on Friday evening of an alleged phone call between Sterling and his girlfriend, Vanessa Stiviano. In the call, Sterling allegedly told Stiviano that he did not want her to bring black people to games:

"You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want.  The little I ask you is not to promote it on that...and not to bring them to my games."

The public release of the alleged remarks made by Sterling sparked outrage and protest from NBA fans, several former and current NBA players, coaches, team owners and celebrities. Of those that commented on the alleged racist remarks made by Sterling, many have called for the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers to be stripped of ownership. As a result of alleged remarks, several sponsors of the Los Angeles Clippers have pulled their sponsorship from the team, including but not limited to CarMax, State Farm Insurance, Kia Motors America, Red Bull, Mercedes-Benz and more.

In the aftermath of Sterling’s alleged remarks, countless NBA players, owners, coaches and pundits provided their reactions to the ongoing controversy.

International Business Times compiled some of their reactions below and will update during and after the press conference.

 

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