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Shortly after the announcement, the Clippers‘ official website redirected to an all-black page that featured only a team logo and the words “WE ARE ONE” in white lettering.

The team also released the following statement: “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins.”

Players responded by praising Silver’s decision. Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson, who the National Basketball Players Association tapped to serve as an adviser after the initial recording surfaced last week, said it was “a defining moment in history.”

“I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you,” he said.

The fight over ousting Sterling could get ugly, however; sportscaster Jim Gray told Fox News Tuesday just prior to Silver’s announcement that the Clippers owner said the “team is not for sale and he will not be selling the team.”

Sterling joins an infamous list of team owners who have been disciplined by their respective leagues for their words or actions.

Former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was forced out of Major League Baseball during the 1990s over disparaging remarks she made about gays, blacks, and Jews.

Then-New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was suspended by MLB for two years for making illegal contributions to President Nixon’s presidential campaign, a sentence that was later bumped down to 15 months. Steinbrenner was later banned for “life” in 1990 after it was discovered that he paid $40,000 to have someone dig up dirt on outfielder Dave Winfield, but he was reinstated before the 1993 season.

Sterling, the longest-tenured NBA team owner, has a history of run-ins with league management. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern fined him $25 million for illegally moving the team from San Diego in 1984 — a fine that was eventually bumped down to $6 million after Mr. Sterling sued the league for $100 million.

Sterling also paid a $2.725 million settlement after being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2009 over housing discrimination issues. He was sued by NBA legend and former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor for a “pervasive and ongoing racist attitude” in his business negotiations, but a jury decided in Sterling’s favor in 2011.

In meting out the punishment, Silver said they did not take into account the Clippers owner’s past behavior but that “when the board ultimately considers his overall fitness to be an owner in the NBA, they will take into account a lifetime of behavior.”

“I can’t speak to past actions other than to say that when specific evidence was brought to the NBA, we acted,” Silver said.

People from President Obama to Michael Jordan to LeBron James have condemned the remarks and sponsors have backed away from the franchise in the wake of the incident, leading to an outpouring of support Tuesday for Silver’s move.

Among those weighing in after the decision was Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who tweeted: “Congrats to the @NBA & Commissioner Silver showing great leadership.”

Zac Boyer contributed to this report