Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was thrown into the national spotlight when audio of him making disparaging comments about Black people leaked to the media. Sterling was caught on tape chastising his mistress for bringing Black people to Clippers games and taking pictures with African Americans, including Magic Johnson. His comments ignited a firestorm and many people were offended, specifically players on his own team. The NBA commissioner issued a lifetime ban on Sterling and he was forced to sell the Clippers. At first the elderly billionaire balked at the ban and filed a lawsuit against the NBA, but eventually he realized the writing was on the wall and conceded, allowing his beloved team to be sold. It took a while for Sterling to apologize, and when he did, he continued to make disparaging remarks about African-Americans.