Published On: Apr 29 2014 02:56:37 PM EDTUpdated On: May 12 2014 06:24:31 PM EDT
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling said he was sorry for making racist remarks but feels he was "baited." The former Clippers owner was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million over the recorded comments he made to an alleged mistress became public.
George Steinbrenner -- He was banned permanently from day-to-day management (but not ownership) of the New York Yankees by MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent in 1990 for hiring Howie Spira to "get dirt" on Dave Winfield. Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993.
Marge Schott -- The Cincinnati Reds owner was fined $250,000 and banned from day-to-day operations of the team for the 1993 season due to "using language that is racially and ethnically offensive." Major League Baseball would later ban her from managing the team from 1996 through 1998 due to statements in support of Adolf Hitler's domestic policies. Shortly afterwards, she sold the majority of her share in the team.
Glen Taylor -- Before Sterling, Taylor was the only NBA owner to be suspended for more than a couple games. In 2000, the Minnesota Timberwolves owner was suspended for nearly a year and fined $1 million for signing a player to a secret contract that violated the league's salary cap.
Henry Samueli -- The NHL suspended the Anaheim Ducks owner in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The plea was later thrown out, and Samueli was reinstated to the league in November 2009.
Jerry Buss -- The late Los Angeles Lakers owner was suspended by the league for two games in 2007 after a drunken driving conviction.
Ted Leonsis -- The Washington Capitals owner was suspended for a week and fined $100,000 by the NHL in 2004 after getting into a fight with a fan following a loss to the Flyers. Leonsis later apologized to the fan.
Eddie DeBartolo Jr. -- The San Francisco 49ers owner was suspended by the NFL for the 1999 season and fined $1 million after failing to report a felony stemming from a Louisiana gambling fraud and extortion case.
Ted Turner -- As owner of the Atlanta Braves, Turner was suspended for one year in 1977 for tampering with prospective free agent Gary Matthew while he was still playing for another team.