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NBA commissioner Adam Silver dropped the hammer on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday afternoon, banning the 81-year-old for life and fining him $2.5 million.

“Accordingly, effective immediately, I’m banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clipper organization or the NBA,” Silver said.

Sterling was the longest tenured owner in the NBA.

“The NBA commenced an investigation which is now complete. The central findings of the investigation of the voice of the man on the recording is that of Mr. Sterling,” Silver said. “The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner heightens the damage and my personal outrage.”

Friday night, recordings of a conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano were released to TMZ which Sterling declared disdain for his girlfriend’s interactions with black people and their attendance at Clipper games.

The backlash to those recordings led to multiple comments of outrage from the likes of Magic Johnson, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and more. In their Game 4 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, players for the Clippers tossed their warm up jerseys onto center court, flipping their T-shirts inside out to show solidarity and protest the Clipper name by proxy belonged to Sterling. The team also chose to wear black armbands and socks as well as their Los Angeles alternate road uniforms.