NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA charged Donald Sterling on Monday with damaging the league and its teams by making racist comments, setting up a hearing planned for June 3 after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The league also said the banned owner has engaged in other conduct that has impaired its relationship with fans and merchandising partners.
"All of these acts provide grounds for termination under several provisions of the NBA constitution and related agreements," the league said in a statement.
Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by Commissioner Adam Silver after the release of a recording in which he made racist remarks. He has until May 27 to respond to the charge, and the right to appear at the hearing and make a presentation in front of the board of governors.
If three-fourths of the owners vote to sustain the charge, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981.
Sterling told a female friend, V. Stiviano, not to bring blacks to Clipper games during their conversation that was recorded. Sterling specifically mentioned Magic Johnson, then criticized the NBA Hall of Famer again as a poor model during a recent interview with CNN.
"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," the NBA said.
The Savvy Sista Commentary:
May be it's just me, but why is it that racist actions don't get the attention of racists words. So Donald Sterling was completely okay to be an owner in the NBA when he was actively discriminating against black and brown people, but the moment he say some racist stuff now he's a problem. I just can't with the NBA right now. Sterling should have been removed from ownership a long time ago, but because he's costing the other owners money now they want to remove him. Child please!
These New Plantations continue to live up to their names. I wonder who is going to prove to be the Harriett Tubman and Nat Turner as far as the players are concerned because the owners are definitely living up to their 'Master Charley' roles.