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NBA won't let wife keep team if Sterling is ousted

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:39 a.m. HST, May 12, 2014

NEW YORK -- The NBA says if Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers is terminated, so is his wife's.

Hours after Shelly Sterling said she would fight to keep her ownership of the franchise even if her estranged husband can't, the league said that wouldn't be possible.

League spokesman Mike Bass says that according to the NBA constitution, "if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-fourths vote, all other team owners' interests are automatically terminated as well."

"It doesn't matter whether the owners are related as is the case here," Bass added in a statement. "These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team." 

Donald Sterling has been banned for life for making racist comments and Commissioner Adam Silver is urging owners to force him out. But Shelly Sterling told ABC News' Barbara Walters on Sunday that she felt her stake in the team should be separate and that she "would love him to" consider transferring full ownership to her if he is forced to sell.

In a separate interview, his first public comments since being banned for life from the NBA, Sterling apologized for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a "terrible mistake."

In the interview taped Sunday and set to air Monday with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sterling says he's "not a racist," he loves the league, his partners and believes he's "entitled to one mistake" after more than three decades as an owner.

The interview came nearly two weeks after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for his comments, fined him $2.5 million and urged the other league owners to force him to sell the team.

Sterling said he waited to make a public apology because he was "emotionally distraught" and he didn't know how to correct his mistake.

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geralddeheer wrote:
You got to be kidding.
on May 11,2014 | 03:23PM
Jerry_D wrote:
He didn't do anything wrong. He made comments behind closed doors. If anybody here claims NOT to be even a little racist behind closed doors, then you're full of B.S. We are ALL racist to some degree.
on May 11,2014 | 03:29PM
kk808 wrote:
on May 11,2014 | 04:07PM
Morimoto wrote:
I agree with the part of us all being racist. We're conditioned to think racism is the worst thing you can be, but human nature is to be racist to some degree, just like we discriminate in other ways, sometimes even subconsciously. Ex. when you see a fat person dressed like a slob you certainly think differently about that person than if he were thin and well dressed. It doesn't seem like Mr. Sterling was wrong in the legal sense, but morally I definitely think he was wrong. He just should have kept his mouth shut if he felt that way. You can't be the owner of a team in a league that's 80% black and say that stuff and expect there not to be repercussions.
on May 11,2014 | 04:08PM
2localgirl wrote:
from what I heard on radio, he's done this for years....but this is only recently been used against him...again, freedom of speech. Remember, sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me. Not saying it is correct BUT is this something to make him sell his interest??
on May 11,2014 | 06:18PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
on May 11,2014 | 05:31PM
Usagi336 wrote:
Agree. So everyone should be punished for what they think also? When you say something in the privacy of your own home, that's your business. People say a lot of things when they're upset. This whole thing is scary. People need to understand that we will soon have no privacy at all and everything that we say or think will be used against us.
on May 12,2014 | 07:20AM
TYRI wrote:
"entitled to one mistake"..."not a racist"????? is this ONE mistake the racist comments that he made...... its like a person with a drinking problem saying he is not an alcoholic...or a person with a gambling problem saying he is not a compulsive gambler
on May 11,2014 | 04:33PM
false wrote:
What a dumb reply. We all can't be perfect like you.
on May 11,2014 | 05:16PM
jimbone wrote:
I'll second that.. Wish I was perfect to.
on May 11,2014 | 09:49PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
My comment went for approval because I asked how one could make oneself SO successful and do a weird thing like this! And I compared to what I say over and over... So I figure they've enforced their control again
on May 11,2014 | 05:30PM
kailua000 wrote:
first - its not illegal to be an idoit. second, do they have to keep using the same photo of him that makes him look horrible just to pump up the issue? I think its amazing that the NBA can say who he can or cannot give or sell the team to. Why shouldn't it be kept in the family. They did nothing wrong.
on May 11,2014 | 07:02PM
CriticalReader wrote:
More and more, it seems like the NBA kind of jumped the gun on this. Cuban will end up being right on this. It is a slippery slope. The biggest problem is that labor is dictating ownership. The other big problem is that for all the "outrage" initially demonstrated by the black community, and the significant opportunity this situation presented to address problems that affect a people (as opposed to its millionaires and celebrities), there seems to be some sort of satisfaction, as if the whole war was won. Not even close. Maybe one of Oprah, Mayweather, P Diddy, Magic, or De La Hoya will end up with the team. BUT, I hope the others who came out so fast use the buying power they were so quick to throw behind a NBA Franchise acquisition to buy some public, low income, or depressed area housing and correct that aspect of this story. Also, one would hope the winner of the Clippers sweepstakes would hire Elgin Baylor as GM.
on May 11,2014 | 08:01PM
sailfish1 wrote:
At their age and the current success of the Clippers, they should sell. They will get plenty of money and can go laughing all the way to the bank.
on May 11,2014 | 08:28PM
BigOpu wrote:
when you really listen to the comments, it sounds more like jealousy... with racist overtones. He was jealous that she was flaunting herself with Magic and other bros in public. Over the phone, not on a radio show or talk show.
on May 11,2014 | 10:58PM
kailua000 wrote:
did you see her on tv with Barbara Walters? What a flake! dumb as a box of rocks.
on May 12,2014 | 03:03AM
hawaiikone wrote:
If the NBA were to enforce their morals clause I wonder how many players would find themselves out on the street.
on May 12,2014 | 04:09AM
Bdpapa wrote:
on May 12,2014 | 06:46AM
Bdpapa wrote:
As co owner, she has a rights to the team, including buying him out.
on May 12,2014 | 06:45AM
krusha wrote:
She probably just wants the money. If they sell the team for a half billion, that's 250 million reasons to keep her happy.
on May 12,2014 | 06:50AM
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