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Benson: Pelicans stand by NBA commissioner's decision on Sterling

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE/AP) -

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has done what many people wanted, come down heavy on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Silver has announced that Sterling admitted he was the man on the audio recording spewing racist comments.

Because of that the commissioner banned Sterling from life from NBA events and fined him $2.5 million.

New Orleans Pelicans and Saints owner Tom Benson stand behind the decision.

"In light of the serious matter facing our league, a matter that transcends sports, the New Orleans Pelicans fully support the decisions made today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and will fully support his recommendations moving forward," Benson said in statement.

Meantime, the Clippers have taken to its digital platforms for damage control. The team's website simply says "We are one" with a Clippers logo.

Silver says his next step is to force a sale of the franchise.

Copyright 2014 WVUE. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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