Sterling finally speaks
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling spoke out for the first time since he was suspended for life by the NBA this week for his racially charged comments on an audio recording.
In an interview with Los Angeles lifestyle magazine DuJour, Sterling mentioned his regret in how he handled V. Stiviano, the girlfriend with whom he was speaking when the recording that could end up costing him the team was made.
“I wish I had just paid her off,” Sterling told the magazine.
The magazine had yet to release any other comments from the billionaire businessman. DuJour reported that Sterling showed remorse while speaking with a reporter. He added that he would only do future interviews with the NBA or Barbara Walters.
The NBA’s next move is to force Sterling to sell the team. Three-quarters of the team’s owners are required to gain approval to move forward. Sterling is expected to fight any attempts at a forced sale through litigation.
The New York Post also reported late Thursday night that the 80-year-old Sterling is battling prostate cancer.
Report: Sterling to sue if forced to sell team
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling plans to sue the NBA if the owners vote to force him to sell the team, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
An NBA executive told the Daily News, “He is not going to sell the team.”
The NBA banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million earlier this week for making racist comments caught on an audio recording.
If Sterling sues to hold on to the team, it is believed that a legal battle could take several years to settle.
The NBA took its first step in trying to remove Sterling on Thursday when its advisory/finance committee met to discuss the issue.
The committee, which includes Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss, plans to meet again next week.
The approval of three-fourths (or 23) of the NBA’s owners are needed to force Sterling to sell the team. One of the owners’ board of governors told Yahoo Sports that “(Commissioner) Adam (Silver) has the votes — all of them, I believe.”
Silver has said he is confident he has enough required votes.