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NEWORLEANS -- Less than hour after NBACommissioner Adam Silver handed down a lifetime ban for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist comments, New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson issued a statement in support of the punishment.

'In light of the serious matter facing our league, a matter than 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 a statement.

Silver said at the press conference intends to force Sterling to sell the franchise. Part of the process would require a majority of team owners to agree to force Sterling to sell the team. Benson's statement is a sign that he would vote in agreement to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.

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