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Oprah Winfrey may partner with Larry Ellison to buy Clippers

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:45 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> If Donald Sterling is compelled to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the list of potential buyers will have more stars than the team's roster.

Oprah Winfrey, who owns a farm on Maui, leads the list of wealthy luminaries who announced their interest in purchasing the club shortly after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league for life.

Winfrey's spokesperson confirmed Wednesday she is already in discussions with record-label mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO and Lanai island owner Larry Ellison to pool their vast resources for a bid.

They won't be alone, either. Music mogul Sean Combs tweeted his interest in going after the Clippers, and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to form a group to buy the team.

Celebrities ranging from Matt Damon to Oscar De La Hoya expressed interest in joining an ownership group.

Mayweather said Tuesday he's interested in putting together a group -- with himself as a majority owner -- to buy the Clippers if the team is put up for sale.

"Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do," Mayweather said. "I'm very, very interested in buying the Clippers."

Mayweather may not have enough money to buy the Clippers by himself, but he's certainly got enough for a good down payment. The boxer will make another $40 million or so Saturday night when he takes on Marcos Maidana in the third fight of a six-fight deal with Showtime that is reportedly worth $250 million.

And he's plenty familiar with the team. Mayweather has a condo next to Staples Center and is a courtside fixture at both Lakers and Clippers games.

"We want to buy the Clippers and we can afford to buy the Clippers," Mayweather said.

Mayweather said he had nothing bad to say about Donald Sterling, who he said often invites him to sit next to him and his wife at the games and has always treated him with respect.

Mayweather could have a few issues if he decides to pursue a purchase. He served a jail term in 2012 after pleading guilty to domestic violence and harassment charges in a case involving the mother of his children and he's a big sports bettor, often wagering six-figure amounts on NBA games.

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CriticalReader wrote:
Hilarious picture. That should kill any ownership hopes for Mayweather.
on April 30,2014 | 07:56AM
1local wrote:
wealthy people need to pay more taxes based on their wealth not what they earn.
on April 30,2014 | 01:09PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Even funnier when you think about it, is that the NBA ownership committee is going to end run Mayweather's racism claims over rejection as a potential owner by citing his relationship with a white guy.
on April 30,2014 | 07:58AM
DABLACK wrote:
Now he needs to WALK the TALK !!
on April 30,2014 | 08:04AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Sterling bough the Clippers for about $11 million back in the 1980s. It now is reported to be worth more than $1 billion. Mayweather has a lot of fighting to do to come up with that kind of money.
on April 30,2014 | 09:24AM
cojef wrote:
Before that can happen, Sterling's estranged wife has to agree to the sale. In California a wife for more than 10 years is entitled to half of the estate, ala the former owners of the LA Dodgers. Thus, the ban on Don Sterling is lifetime, the Mrs. who is a co-owner is not and for the Commissioner to insist that he sell the clippers is pre-mature and whether he can get 75 per cent of the other owners to agree is moot. So before Mayweather can get a group together to buy, certainly both Mr. and Mrs. Sterling will determine the outcome.
on April 30,2014 | 09:51AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
I wish Hawaii had laws like this and stricter laws! The male Hawaii lawyers were all for kicking me out on my ear, because I worked. It isn't till I found a woman lawyer that I got something for my 30 years of service and getting him the job in Hawaii which the Chinese woman saw as her entitlement. Well she was a lawyer and so was/ is her husband. They saw a golden goose in their back yard! And my ex was the fool!
on May 1,2014 | 05:43AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Mayweather could have a few issues if he decides to pursue a purchase. He's a big sports bettor, often wagering six-figure amounts on NBA games.

on April 30,2014 | 09:49AM
loquaciousone wrote:
How about Larry Ellison buying the Clippers and moving them to Hawaii?
on April 30,2014 | 10:09AM
loquaciousone wrote:
How about Larry Ellison buying the Clippers and moving them to Hawaii?
on April 30,2014 | 10:09AM
false wrote:
Hang onto your wallets and cross the street. The popes are coming, the popes are coming -- not!
on April 30,2014 | 10:50AM
iwanaknow wrote:
They could be based at the BYU-Hawaii Campus Cannon Activities Center since byuh Athletics is disappearing in three years time. The arena fits 4,500.........on the other hand Larry has big money and could build something bigger out at Kapolei (and use that Barbers Point airstrip to bring in the high rollers and put them up at the Ko'olina?).............shoots someone will be making big money off my cheap idea!
on April 30,2014 | 11:33AM
CriticalReader wrote:
This is all going to be absolutely fascinating to watch unfold. Can the players dictate the ethnicity of a team owner? We'll see. And, poor other NBA team owners. No more cavorting with hotties. Or speaking. Or writing. Or interacting with ANYONE possessing a phone, and even then only if they're stripped naked in a room swept for bugs. Hey, have they invented microphones that can be implanted under the skin yet? Howabout fiber optic mics that can be disquised as hair follicles?
on April 30,2014 | 11:48AM
CriticalReader wrote:
The Sterling situation created a power vacuum in the black community that the players fully occupied and filled briefly. But, the vacuum is returning and appears to be getting bigger. At this point in time, Oprah, Mayweather, Magic, etc. knee jerk reactions to this wild state of things is to what? Get in line to get a prize, or use their access to billions of dollars and connections to address the housing discrimination that was such a big part of the story? Buy public housing projects, privatize them and make them available to Sterling's victims? Take the NBA (and all other sports leagues for that matter - and especially the NHL, NCAA, and NASCAR) to task for fundamental structural changes to provide more participation by minorites at their upper echelons? Howabout just COMMENTING on the state of minority populated inner cities and prisons? No. The reaction by those with economic power and ability is, "shut up, play the game, get jewel." Shortest civil rights revolution in history. No true leaders are emerging. What a lost opportunity.
on April 30,2014 | 12:19PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
"Mayweather said he had nothing bad to say about Donald Sterling, who he said often invites him to sit next to him and his wife at the games and has always treated him with respect." Is this a sign of a real racist or just one perpetuated by the media and black people? What Sterling said was out of line, but I don't know if he is racist. Now the KKK, they are racist. Jesse and Al, they are pretty close too.
on April 30,2014 | 12:35PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Professional sports at times seems like slavery. Trading players seems strange to me.
on April 30,2014 | 01:25PM
nalogirl wrote:
Slavery? They are making millions.
on April 30,2014 | 01:32PM
loquaciousone wrote:
How much do I need for a buy in -- is $25 enough?
on April 30,2014 | 03:15PM
loquaciousone wrote:
How much do I need for a buy in -- is $25 enough?
on April 30,2014 | 03:15PM
AshesofAngels wrote:
So if it came out that Magic set up Donald Sterling with Ole girl, maybe not at the 2010 Superbowl but he is at the heart of this story and the major point of contention because Mat Kemp is mixed and his skin is whiter than her's as she puts it, It's no small secret that Magic has been jonesing for the Clippers for a minute. His was the first comment of outrage and condemnation that hit the either net than basically in the same breath he says I want to buy the Clippers. According to his wife's law suit; V. for Vicious makes a practice of seducing older wealthy men. I can't seem to wrap my Feeble Little Conspiratorial Brain around the idea that by releasing this tape; and be mindful that no matter what Edward Snowden has said about the NSA eavesdropping program, it wasn't them! Nor was it Kris Jenner in efforts to kick start a Reality Dynasty; she had to know she was killing the Cash Cow when she did this! A wise man once told me about Seductresses like her; their looking for the "BBD": the Bigger, Better Deal! There is no way in Hell that she would Kill the Cash Cow unless she had a "BBD"! Who had the most to gain by an owner with a clear record of Insensitive Racial dealings and comments who finally was caught on tape? If it did come out that Magic and his Group were behind this outing, would there be outrage and condemnation for his action's, huh m?
on April 30,2014 | 04:16PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
I hope my ex is reading this! Both you and Maneki Neko are absolutely right
on May 1,2014 | 05:46AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
My only advice is check out your girlfriends real closely.
on April 30,2014 | 04:52PM
mauiray wrote:
Lanai Clippers......hmm, that does have a ring to it!
on April 30,2014 | 07:27PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Oprah should be using her TV network and her magazines to teach young women not to do things like becoming mistresses to older men going after married older men. And teaching other women who support these women not to encourage these women to go out and say oh he is my soul mate, I spotted him in the koa lined halls of Hawaii Hall and now I'm going to break up the entire family just because I want to have sex with him in the office tables! Oprah should focus her attention on teaching women to be considerate of other women and just humanely compassionate. This fits in with her line of work. Part and parcel of the accusation of racism is general immorality. It all comes from being inconsiderate, selfish. Did you watch this woman on Jimmy Kimmel last night? Roller skating, serving the media drinks?
on May 1,2014 | 05:38AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
Good Luck!! Sterling is going to keep this in the courts for a while..if you read his background he's not just going to roll over and sell the team. It could take years in court..
on May 1,2014 | 06:29AM
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