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      USC's Martin supports Sterling ban

      NEW YORK (WACH/AP) -- South Carolina men's basketball Frank Martin stands behind NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling due to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.

      Martin supported the sanctions Tuesday afternoon, expressing his opinion on the matter within minutes of the penalty being issued.

      "Wish there would've been a commissioner Silver a long time ago to stand up for all the 'unpopular' minorities that Sterling discriminated against," Martin wrote on his official Twitter account.

      Commissioner Silver said he will try to force the controversial Sterling to sell his franchise. Sterling has also been fined $2.5 million, and Silver made no effort to hide his outrage over the comments.

      He said a league investigation found that the league's longest-tenured owner was in fact the person on the audiotapes that were released over the weekend.

      "We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views," Silver said. "They simply have no place in the NBA."

      Silver also says he will try to force a sale of the Clippers and also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

      Silver called Sterling's comments and views "deeply offensive and harmful."

      Sterling is immediately barred from attending any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team.