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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is supporting NBA commisioner Adam Silver's decision to impose a lifetime ban on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling following racist comments made by Sterling in a telephone call with his girlfriend.

Mola Lenghi reports from downtown, DC. WUSA9

Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment group released a statement Tuesday afternoon:

"Monumental Sports & Entertainment has a diverse ownership group, and we respect and value that diversity. Our group applauds the swift, strict actions and recommendations set forth today by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Commissioner Silver is taking a strong stance, but all of us need to play a role as we strive to eliminate discrimination and intolerance."

The statement is signed by Leonsis, along with senior officials and minority partners.

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