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NBA Begins Process to Strip Donald Sterling of Clippers Ownership

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The NBA initiated proceedings Monday to strip Donald Sterling of his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. From the official league statement:

The NBA initiated a charge Monday seeking to terminate the ownership of Donald Sterling in the Los Angeles Clippers. If the NBA Board of Governors sustains the charge by a 3/4 vote, all ownership interests in the Clippers will be terminated and the team will be sold to new owners.

Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the charge, and also has the right to make a presentation to the NBA's board of governors. Sterling was suspended by the NBA for life for racially insensitive statements he made to a friend that were recorded and later shared with the media.

On Monday, the NBA was specific with what Sterling did wrong:

The charge asserts that Mr. Sterling engaged in conduct that has damaged and continues to damage the NBA and its teams. Among other things, Mr. Sterling disparaged African-Americans and "minorities"; directed a female acquaintance not to associate publicly with African-Americans or to bring African-Americans to Clippers games; and criticized African-Americans for not supporting their communities. Mr. Sterling's actions and positions significantly undermine the NBA's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion; damage the NBA's relationship with its fans; harm NBA owners, players and Clippers team personnel; and impair the NBA's relationship with marketing and merchandising partners, as well as with government and community leaders. Mr. Sterling engaged in other misconduct as well, including issuing a false and misleading press statement about this matter.

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