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NBA owners meet again to update Clippers situation

Clippers President Goes On Leave Of Absence

BY BRIAN MAHONEY
AP BASKETBALL WRITER

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners went back to work Wednesday on Commissioner Adam Silver's desire to end Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The advisory/finance committee held its second conference call in the past two weeks, reviewing the timing and process for forcing Sterling to sell the franchise following his lifetime ban for making racist comments.

League spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement that the committee also discussed the search for a new CEO and got an update on Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum's visit with Clippers employees. The owners plan to meet again next week.

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor chairs the committee that also includes Miami's Micky Arison, the Lakers' Jeanie Buss, Oklahoma City's Clay Bennett, New York's James Dolan, Boston's Wyc Grousbeck, San Antonio's Peter Holt, Phoenix's Robert Sarver, Indiana's Herb Simon and Toronto's Larry Tanenbaum.

Silver banned Sterling from anything to do with the league or the team, fined him $2.5 million, and said he would urge owners to force Sterling to sell the franchise he has owned since 1981.

That would require Silver or another owner to charge Sterling with violating Article 13 of the NBA's Constitution and bylaws, which addresses acts that could lead to the termination of ownership. A hearing would then be held and require a three-fourths vote of the board of governors for approval.

If that happens, control of the team would fall to the commissioner. The league may already be planning for that, announcing last week that it was working with the Clippers to appoint a CEO.

Beyond Sterling's ban, team president Andy Roeser has taken an indefinite leave of absence.

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Bob May 10 2014 at 3:30 AM

How can the NBA take control of the Clippers when Shelly Sterling owns 50% of team, and she does not want to sell?

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rhill65 Bob May 10 2014 at 8:52 AM

Here's the deal Smooth, the owners can decide to end a franchise AT ANY TIME, ergo the Sterlings would be owners of a worthless asset!

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Master of my fate.. May 08 2014 at 1:54 PM

D. Sterling is a jerk and a racist and I'm not a Clipper fan.
But it's reasonable to say the punishment did not fit the "Crime".
We have all sorts on degrees of punishments based on the degree of the crime.
Saying something privately even though it comes out publicly is not the same as Publicly saying the same thing.
Silver was blackmailed into the harshest punishment by the players who took it on themselves to meet with him with their demands or face a playoff boycott.
What's next? Are the owners going to be "blackmailed" if they vote no to remove the team from his ownership? Now that the smoke is clearing real legal issues are becoming apparent.
Unless Sterling and his wife just sell the team this could be a disaster for Silver and the NBA.

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warrenag May 08 2014 at 1:00 PM

The honey not only has a big mouth,but saying she works off the books is stupid.What do you think they will do to her in court, that we all know that it's going there

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"Butcherman" warrenag May 08 2014 at 1:35 PM

DUUUUUUUUUUH....they're are taking his property!!!! This is similar to eminent domain being used to take BLIGHTED property.

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violetvalerieviolet "Butcherman" May 08 2014 at 3:48 PM

they are making him sell it, not stealing it.

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"Butcherman" "Butcherman" May 10 2014 at 11:02 AM

They will make him sell it , but there will be devaluation in the buyers favor.

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Phil May 08 2014 at 12:47 PM

what a bunch of pansies. Why does everyone care so much what someone else says. N word or anything else. Toughen up. People say and do things other people don't like. I don't like watching the news and having to listen to all the crybabies telling everyone what they can and can't say. Instead of trying to shut down the media for upsetting my tummy I just change the channel. You can call me whatever you like. It won't bother me and if it does I will simply tune you out and ignore you. In my world everyone is entiltled to their opinion and they can use our Constitutional free speech rights however they choose. No matter what happens this old fool has already paid a big price for saying what he said. I think his personal assistant is the bigger villian and probably broke serious laws in her attempt to do whatever she was trying to do. Probably to get more of his $$$$. i guess the 2.5 million condo and Ferrari and all the other things she EARNED as his personal assistant weren't enough.

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Apple Phil May 08 2014 at 2:41 PM

You miss the point! Firstly you do not own and operate a huge organization comprised of diverse people, when you do you will find that you can not just say what you want and not be held accountable in some way

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hanuman22 May 08 2014 at 12:24 PM

Solution: White people stay home and watch the game on TV,, 5 games into the season NBA cancels the season and asks why all the white people are staying home..White people change the channel to football and ask, NBA? who? as in who cares about trash talkin thugs making millions playing a game while I pay $120 per ticket, or $2k courtside...

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GAYLE May 08 2014 at 12:23 PM

HE IS NOT A RACIEST HE IS A JELLOUS MAN AFRADE BECAUSE SHE IS INTRESTED IN BLACK MEN THAT IS FAR FROM RACIEST IT WOULD BE THE SAME IF SHE WAS SHOWING INTREST IN OTHER WHITE MEN!

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BigDaddy GAYLE May 08 2014 at 12:40 PM

How would you know. Take some English and grammar lessons first

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Melphaze GAYLE May 09 2014 at 9:20 PM

No it is not. Racism is a form of jealousy. White men have been jealous of black men all of their lives. White men would never actually come out and say they are jealous of black men; so they would rather use racism to hide their jealousy. It's more acceptable for white men to be racist towards black men as opposed to them being jealous of black men.

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jmccomb38 Melphaze May 10 2014 at 2:50 AM

we will have to ask Michael Jackson about that , being jealous of black men

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fisherdude47 May 08 2014 at 12:22 PM

the NBA might as well be ready for a huge lawsuit in the courts. I would say the league (NBA) will loose more money in a suit with Sterling than it's worth.

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violetvalerieviolet fisherdude47 May 08 2014 at 12:39 PM

probably not

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Apple fisherdude47 May 08 2014 at 2:42 PM

Man fine the guy and let it go over time the players will oust his butt!!! It is not illegal to be a racist, sad but not illegal !!!!!

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DEBO 17 Apple May 08 2014 at 2:48 PM

stop trolling around and get a job loser

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chzyrider May 08 2014 at 12:09 PM

Before removing his ownership status and banning him from anything involving the NBA... Place every other team owner and NBA official on the stand under oath, and ask them if they can honestly testify that they have never ever said the "N" word in any arguement or casual conversation, nor have ever said anything else similar in their lives that may be considered as racist. Then and only then, once all others have proven themselves as completely angelic without any hint of racism whatsoever, should this fiasco continue.

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g23you2012 chzyrider May 08 2014 at 12:19 PM

The answer is No. And Donald Sterling got to Go. So get over it.

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macrozi chzyrider May 09 2014 at 12:10 AM

I agree. Furthermore, the players probably knew about Sterling all along. If they are so offended, why don't they refuse to play for him? They are not offended enough to give up the money they make. The whole situation is about money. The girl who wants to be in the limelight and collect the money she received for sharing the tape; the players who protest verbally, but won't take a stand and quit; the Commissioner who is afraid to lose his job by appearing racist; and whomever is behind this set up and is hoping to acquire the team. IT ALL STINKS!

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Bob May 08 2014 at 11:39 AM

While not agreeing with statements he(Sterling) allegedly made in private, rule of law will prevail. I don't think this passes the smell test for forcing a private businessman to dispose of his property based on taped statements in the privacy of his home. TeaPartyesque, techniques not unlike some hanging parties of years gone by will not work in our system of laws and not of men.

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Doug and Tina May 09 2014 at 4:52 PM

Maybe to end the problem, he should just close his business....imagine all of the people out of work.....in America you are suppose to have the right to your opinion....his opinion was given in a private conversation made public.....it seems his rights were violated.....his remarks were hurtful to some people....but it was his opinion (no I don't agree). However, we continue to portray a country that owes a debt that on a crime our fathers committed, we don't send a rapist's child to prison or hold him accountable for their father's crime....why do we do so with slavery?

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Melphaze Doug and Tina May 09 2014 at 6:15 PM

What does slavery have to do with this? I know he has a slave master's mentality.

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STAN THE MAN Melphaze May 09 2014 at 6:35 PM

Because they are always crying about what happened back in the 1600's when the first slaves arrived here. The only thing they don't say or don't know is that a black man was the first slave owner in this country, look it up.

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jmccomb38 Melphaze May 10 2014 at 2:00 AM

it doesn't matter which forum you comment on ,you do not make sense on any subject

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jasherrin Doug and Tina May 09 2014 at 9:48 PM

It wasnt a crime it was legal at the time!

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