A three/fourths vote from NBA owners is all that stands between Donald Sterling and the exit sign. Maybe.
The NBA has set in motion the process to try and eliminate the infamous Los Angeles Clippers owner from the game of basketball. A hearing will take place on June 3rd, followed by the owners vote that will potentially force the sale of the Clippers.
Here’s part of the statement from the league:
“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.”
So while this whole process seems pretty cut and dry, because a 3/4 owners vote will force Sterling to sell the team, we all know it could become much more complicated.
It would be shocking if the league didn’t get 3/4 vote to oust the out-of-touch owner. It would be also be shocking if Sterling didn’t retaliate with legal action upon his ousting. He’s not going to go away quietly.
The hearing on June 3rd will be a huge step towards ridding the NBA of Sterling, but it’s doubtful that it will be close to the end of the process.