The following is the text of the news release issued by the NBA on the decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA, it was announced today at a press conference in Manhattan.

Commissioner Silver has also fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution. The fine money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association.

As part of the lifetime ban, Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participating in any other league activity.

Commissioner Silver also announced that he will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.

The discipline issued today is based on the Commissioner's conclusion that Mr. Sterling violated league rules through his expressions of offensive and hurtful views, the impact of which has been widely felt throughout the league.

Meanwhile, current and former NBA players and personalities from across the league flooded Twitter with their reactions.

Miami Heat SF LeBron James:

Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert:

Miami Heat SG Dwyane Wade:

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban:

Cleveland Cavaliers C Anderson Varejao:

Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Jarrett Jack:

NBA legend Magic Johnson:

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal:

Brooklyn Nets C Jason Collins:

New York Knicks SG J.R. Smith:

Former NBA star Grant Hill:

Sports columnist Bill Simmons:

ESPN FirstTake Commentator Skip Bayless:

Sports commentator Stephen A. Smith:

Charlotte Bobcats PF Anthony Tolliver:

Memphis Grizzlies PF Ed Davis:

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose:

ESPN analyst Bruce Bowen:

CBS Sports analyst Greg Anthony:

Former NBA player Sean May:

ESPN commentator Dick Vitale:

CBS Sports reporter Tracy Wolfson: