NBA Owners Agree to Start Sterling's Ouster

The committee unanimously agreed to move "as expeditiously as possible" to force Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team.

Los Angeles Clippers. Patch file graphic.
Los Angeles Clippers. Patch file graphic.

Members of the NBA owners' 10-member advisory/finance committee agreed today to move forward with the process of forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that Sterling was banned for life from the league for making racist remarks that were recorded and made public over the weekend on a pair of websites. Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

Silver said he would take whatever steps were necessary to force Sterling to sell the team. The league's Board of Governors can force a sale, if three-quarters of the league's team owners vote in favor of such a move. Silver said Tuesday he was confident he would have enough support to force Sterling out.

According to the league, the committee unanimously agreed to move "as expeditiously as possible" on the issue. The committee will meet again next week.

It was unclear how soon the league's owners might vote on the issue. It was also unclear if Sterling would fight such a move.

In the meantime, rumors were already swirling about potential buyers of the franchise, which Sterling bought in 1981 for $12.5 million but is now valued at at least $575 million -- making it the league's 13th most valuable team, according to Forbes.

CBS News reported that Oprah Winfrey was interested in partnering with entertainment industry mogul David Geffen to buy the team, if it becomes available. Officials from Geffen's office told the Los Angeles Times that Geffen "would be interested in buying the franchise" if Sterling puts it up for sale.

Real estate developer Rick Caruso told The Times he would also be interested in leading or joining a group to buy the franchise. Magic Johnson's name has also surfaced, although he has downplayed the rumors.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. told The Times he would like to put together a group to make an offer and was "very, very interested in buying the Clippers."

Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire doctor, biotech investor and longtime Los Angeles sports fan who previously  bought Johnson's stake in the Lakers, is also believed to be interested in the Clippers, according to The Times.

--City News Service

desertpatriot May 02, 2014 at 09:14 PM
@mimi: over 90% of african-american voters voted for obama. how do plan to "out" these racist voters and "clean house"?
TrapLoJo May 02, 2014 at 10:47 PM
mimi that will be the point- if sterling drags in every comment by everyone, including the players, we are stuck all summer long for this crap playing out. Those on the nba board- like they haven't said crap in private that they don't want out now. The players? same thing. Its only racism if an old white guy says it. And that old white guy has folders to show he isn't going down alone.
mimi May 03, 2014 at 01:11 PM
CHICKEN LITTLE----- Contrary to your panic, the sky is not falling on you, me or anyone else unless the person has a long and documented history of discrimination .Sterling has a laundryl list of bigotry and racism. He is notorious for Fair housing violations against ALL people of color. He is even bigoted against his own religion. Remember his black Jews and light Jews declaration? Only bonafide bigots and racists should worry about being found out. You know know who you are. The rest of us shall sleep peacefully.
desertpatriot May 03, 2014 at 03:51 PM
fyi: mimi is a closet racist and is unable to speak for herself
mimi May 03, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Desert patriot - I didn't point a finger at any specific individuals. You singled yourself out as a racist. No wonder you are scared.


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