Donald Sterling Agrees to Sell Clippers

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    May 23, 2014 11:42 PM GMT
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    NYT: Donald Sterling wants to empower his wife, Rochelle, to negotiate a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers in an effort to avoid a protracted battle with the N.B.A., according to a person close to the discussions who requested anonymity because he had not been authorized to speak publicly about it.

    In response to reports about the Sterlings’ proposed arrangement, Mike Bass, an N.B.A. spokesman, issued a statement Friday in which he said the league was proceeding as planned with its process to terminate their ownership of the team. The statement did not address whether the league had been in discussions with them over a sale.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/sports/basketball/donald-sterling-is-said-to-agree-to-let-his-wife-sell-clippers.html?hp&_r=0
  • Sportsfan1

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    May 24, 2014 7:17 PM GMT
    Let me say upfront that I am a Lakers fan. However I do support the Clippers except when they play the Lakers. This whole sad situation is not only a black eye on the Clippers but the entire NBA. Donald Sterling's past is well known. Now all of a sudden it has become an issue due to those horrible statements he got caught voicing. This is just a delaying tactic on his part. His estranged wife has said on numerous occasions that all she wants is to attend the games, entertain and socialize at the Clippers games. What his role would be is still not clear. The NBA needs to terminate any and all association with the Sterlings. The rules and bylaws are very clear, the NBA can get rid of both of them. This is the path the NBA should pursue. The Sterlings are like a cancer that needs to be removed.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 24, 2014 7:38 PM GMT
    I agree that this is nothing but a sneaky diversionary tactic on the part of Donald Sterling to hold on to the Clippers via his wife --- and it's not going to work as I am sure anyone who has had dealings with Donald Sterling over the years knows exactly what he's up to. The Clippers need to be rid of all things and anyone named Sterling -- and I'm sure that is exactly what they'll vote to do in June.
  • kuroshiro

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    May 24, 2014 8:49 PM GMT
    I wonder though... after he is officially terminated, can they really enforce his permanent ban? I mean he goes back to being a private citizen purchasing a ticket on his own...
  • thadjock

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    May 25, 2014 5:27 AM GMT
    all this faux indignity over sterlings remarks is a joke. Mark Cuban hit the nail on the head, b4 he backpedaled and comepletely caved in to the witch-hunt:

    "In this country, people are allowed to be morons," Cuban said before the ban was announced. "They're allowed to be stupid. They're allowed to think idiotic thoughts."

    "But regardless of your background, regardless of the history they have, if we're taking something somebody said in their home and we're trying to turn it into something that leads to you being forced to divest property in any way, shape or form, that's not the United States of America. I don't want to be part of that," he said




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    May 25, 2014 5:33 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI agree that this is nothing but a sneaky diversionary tactic on the part of Donald Sterling to hold on to the Clippers via his wife --- and it's not going to work as I am sure anyone who has had dealings with Donald Sterling over the years knows exactly what he's up to. The Clippers need to be rid of all things and anyone named Sterling -- and I'm sure that is exactly what they'll vote to do in June.

    I completely agree with you.
  • thadjock

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    May 25, 2014 5:52 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI agree that this is nothing but a sneaky diversionary tactic on the part of Donald Sterling to hold on to the Clippers via his wife --- and it's not going to work as I am sure anyone who has had dealings with Donald Sterling over the years knows exactly what he's up to. The Clippers need to be rid of all things and anyone named Sterling -- and I'm sure that is exactly what they'll vote to do in June.


    suprised you'd be in favour of stripping a private individual of his constitutional rights. One day we're outraged over gay rights fanatics causing a publicly anti-gay CEO to resign, the next we're burning this guy at the stake for things he said in private.

    he's not been charged with any discriminatory practices within the league or within his own team. the Clippers have the 6th highest payroll in the league and the highest paid black coach.

    you want to force every business owner in the US to sell their companies and be banned from the industry if they've ever uttered a bigoted thought against any group, in their own house? or is racism ok as long as TMZ doesn't air it?

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    May 25, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    You guys are all Anti Semitic
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 26, 2014 1:45 PM GMT
    thadjock said

    suprised you'd be in favour of stripping a private individual of his constitutional rights.


    No one is stripping Donald Sterling of ANY constitutional rights. However, those rights can come with repercussions if they are not used wisely or if used in some sort of derogatory way whether that be privately or publicly. Donald Sterling's own actions (and inaction) --- how he conducted himself immediately after the scandal broke --- has everything to do with the predicament he now finds himself in. There was no heartfelt immediate apology afterwards from Donald Sterling, or any honest attempt at "damage control" whatsoever. Donald Sterling stayed relatively silent for nearly 2 weeks while all of this controversy swirled around him. Then, when he finally spoke publicly in that searing interview with Anderson Cooper, he dug himself an even bigger hole by going on a judgmental rant against Magic Johnson, HIV, and Aids. This was the final nail in a coffin he largely built for himself with a long history of well-documented discriminatory and/or racist behavior that spans decades, and I might add, has cost him millions in cash settlements in court.

    At the end of the day, what this all comes down to is what the NBA and it's representatives want representing the entire league, and the sport, in terms of team ownership --- and Donald Sterling is simply not good for a team or the league.
  • peterstrong

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    May 27, 2014 1:11 PM GMT

    I hear u Thadjock on thought police, but it comes down to profits in the end, his fellow team owners and other vested interests know what sells jerseys, shoes and tickets. Guess what ? Racism is a drag on the bottom line. Even with all that said - the liberal side of my mind is glad to see him go icon_exclaim.gif The conservative side is slightly troubled but not enough to stand up for his sorry wealthy ass - he should have hired the best therapists possible to help him get over his personal racism, if he truly wanted to hold onto his bought and sold team ownership. I think Cuban's remarks are better suited to apply to the little people than to the 30 league owners.

    Just like we hold politicians to a higher standard of personal speech and thought, but not the average person.
    Remember former senator Trent "Strom Thurmond would have been a great president" Lott ?
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/807335/posts

    as Gen. Colin Powell then hit the nail on the head by saying " there was nothing to be admired about the dixiecrats platform " so is true today that there is nothing to be defended about Sterling's private speech once it adds shape to a larger privately held for profit entity's image.






  • thadjock

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    May 27, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    peterstrong said
    there is nothing to be defended about Sterling's private speech once it adds shape to a larger privately held for profit entity's image.


    I wasn't defending anything Donald Sterling said I was defending his right to say it. and his right to own property.

    Do you honestly believe he's the only owner in the NBA NFL or any pro league for that matter, who's expressed similar or worse racial thoughts? in case you're on the fence about that one the answer is HELL NO. Remember Marge Schott?

    It's awfully convenient that everybody feels the need to get on their high horse NOW, and never gave a shit about what donald sterling said or did when the Clippers were losing an average of 60 games a season, as soon as they became a winning team, and TMZ leaks a privately recorded tape, then everybody comes out throwing stones. When for decades the NBA (and chronically under informed public) never blinked an eye.

    Here's an idea, let's poll owners, GM's and head coaches how they privately feel about gays on the team or head office? Not the official press statements they issue through the club, but their own private views. While we're cleaning house we better get all the roaches out at once.

    The owners and coaches takeaway from the Sterling incident is: "keep your mouth shut", not "change your views".

    There's still alot of legal untangling that has to happen here, and I think the League is on shaky ground when they claim they can force him to sell, but if I was Sterling I'd sell the team (cuban puts it's value today at over $1b) and tell the hypocritical sanctimonious NBA to shove it up their ass. He bought it for $12.5m, thats a good profit and let the next owner lose his ass, on a franchise that will most likely self destruct after this.