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Los Angeles Clippers Owner Banned for Life

Donald Sterling

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling

The whole world has its eyes on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after his racist remarks recorded in a conversation with his girlfriend. Here’s the skinny on how Sterling’s comments have blown up on the web and in real life.

Sterling initially made his racist comments in a conversation with girlfriend V. Stiviano. TMZ.com released an audio recording of these remarks, but no one knows who recorded the conversation.

The audio recording captured Sterling scolding Stiviano for bringing African-Americans to Clippers games and posting photos of her guests to Instagram. The guest in question was Hall of Fame Point Guard Magic Johnson, who responded by asserting he would never attend another Clippers game as long as Sterling was the owner.

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New NBA commissioner Adam Silver

Last Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference to address Sterling’s racist remarks.
In this conference, Silver banned Sterling for life from NBA operations and issued a fine of $2.5 million.

In his press conference, Silver addressed the audio recording and confirmed the identity of Donald Sterling as the speaker. Silver further labeled Sterling’s comments as “deeply offensive and hateful.”

The NBA Commissioner went on to say, “Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multiethnic league.”

The fine of $2.5 million is the maximum allowed under the NBA constitution. Sterling’s fine is the largest issued to an NBA owner. The next largest fines were $500,000 issued to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Miami Heat owner Mickey Arison on separate occasions.

As for Sterling’s further involvement as owner of the Clippers, Silver said he would urge the Board of Governors, comprised of the other NBA owners, to vote unanimously to make Sterling sell the Clippers. To force this sale, the Board of Governors vote would have to be three to four, effectively coming down to 23 votes in favor of removing Donald Sterling.

According to the press release from Silver’s conference, the process to force Sterling to sell the team will begin immediately.

 

Sources: CBS Sports

 

Snack Ideas for Basketball Games

Everyone knows the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And the best way to watch sports is to have a tasty snack on the side.

As the NBA playoffs unfold, you have a prime opportunity. Here’s a list of some of the best basketball snacks that you can prepare–even if you don’t watch the sport, these snacks are sure to make you salivate.

Nine Layer Mexican Dip

Basketball fans all over the country love a good dunk. Let them dunk some chips into this dip for the next San Antonio Spurs game (bonus points for making it extra spicy).mexican dip

Pizza Rolls

The Brooklyn Nets are still alive in the playoffs, and that means Brooklyn Style Pizza is definitely on the menu. Preferred toppings include mushrooms, olives, and pepperonis.

Buffalo Wings

The Oklahoma City Thunder are rolling into the second round, so bust out your inner cowgirl. Habanero and buffalo flavors are sure to spice up the evening.

Clam Chowder

The Celtics and Warriors may have been eliminated, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some clam chowder. Either Boston or Manhattan chowder will suffice.clam chowder

Philly Cheese Steak Bites

The future is promising for the 76ers, and yours will be too if you serve up a plate of these tasty cheese steak sliders. Grilled onions are a must.

Mini Hot Dogs

Chicago is well-known for sports, and one of the most classic snacks around is a hot dog. Be creative with the toppings—tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and salsa are all fair game.

Margaritas

The Miami Heat are making a run at a third straight title, so get the party started with some tasty margaritas. Just be careful about how much tequila you add–you don’t want your guy too sloppy during the fourth quarter.margarita

Ice Cold Beer

The Milwaukee Brewers may play baseball, but that doesn’t mean your man won’t love a nice cold one. Surprise him with his favorite six-pack so no one has to make a beer run and miss an exciting play.

 

Any of these snacks is sure to satisfy, and nothing tastes better than a home cooked meal. Enjoy cooking, and consider adding your own special twist to the recipe.

 

Sources: Snack Picks, Babble, Kraft Recipes

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