NBA bans L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life _lowres

Associated Press file photo by Mark J. Terrill -- Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling is under investigation by the NBA for a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will hold a news conference Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also says he will try to force a sale of the Clippers and also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

Silver called Sterling's comments and views "deeply offensive and harmful."