Skip to comments.Sterling again insists Clippers not for sale, despite NBA ruling
Posted on 04/30/2014 10:26:36 PM PDT by Reagan‹berAlles
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling reiterated to Fox News Wednesday that the team "is not for sale," likely signaling a looming legal battle with the NBA should his fellow owners try to force a sale over Sterling's racist remarks.
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As long as he doesn’t have Sotomayor as a judge he may have a chance.
Donald Sterling does not have a case, but his wife, if she divorces him may have a case.
only thing i wonder is if he’s still dating the girlfriend who recorded him.
Do people have a reading problem. So far, the NBA has not forced him to sell. They may want him to sell, but Adam Silver did not say he would be forced to sell. What language must this be written in, before people understand?
I kind of bet he is.
You really think the law is cut and dry that he won’t keep his team? I see that this could involve a wide-array of laws. Not simply about whether the other team owners vote him out.
By the way, I’m not for him but I am for justice.
Ever been in the woods with a Griz chasin ya? Me neither but would you be concerned with correctly saying that “Well, the Griz hasn’t eaten me yet so everyone clam down!”
I would not be surprised! LOL
I don’t think he did anything wrong except have a phone conversation regarding who he prefers to frequent his business.
But, I don’t think Adam Silver and the NBA owners would do this if they knew they could not.
The big problem is that major advertisers warned that they would not buy advertising for any Clipper game if Sterling remained as team owner.
At that point they have not choice but to boot him out as the NBA needs the TV revenue.
“Donald Sterling does not have a case....”
Care to flesh that out a bit?
I think they may have panicked, faced with an approaching boycott by the players, and are hoping to build a tsunami of public and sports world opinion to overwhelm him. Or they’re hoping he drops dead soon and save their ass!
The NBA and team owners would have never taken such action if they could not and they had to take action against him because they would no longer be able to sell advertising for Clippers’ games.
But the wife did nothing wrong as far as the advertisers are concerned.
She can divorce him and sell the other 50% to other investors.
Whom did not see this coming?
She is known as a female version of him. IOW, she is known for making racist comments. BTW, they have been married 60 years.
When cooler heads begin to prevail, as they are already beginning to, the NBA is going to realize they have grabbed the “Tar Baby.”
The Tar-Baby is a fictional character in the second of the Uncle Remus stories published in 1881; it is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br’er Rabbit. The more that Br’er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes.
In modern usage, “tar baby” refers to any “sticky situation” that is only aggravated by additional contact.
The first problem for Sterling was that no one liked him and he spent 30 years putting a inferior product on the court and on TV.
As I understand it, since Sterling bought the Clippers they have the worst overall record of any NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL team.
Second, even though it was a private conversation, he violated the Number One Rule of the PC Police by talking about blacks and their not being welcome at his business.
With that, the players do not play for or against the Clippers and the advertisers do not advertise in Clippers games.
The only was cooler heads could prevail is for major national advertisers to say, “We overreacted to Sterling’s comments about not wanting black folks at Clippers’ games and we made a big mistake for refusing to buy advertising time during Clippers’ games, and now we are all for Donald Sterling and his view on race.”
[We overreacted to Sterlings comments about not wanting black folks at Clippers games]
He never said that.
The best revenge: tell the Clippers and NBA that he’s shutting down the team at the end of the season and everyone will be out of their jobs. All Clippers property will be disposed. And no, he won’t be selling the franchise to anyone. Have a nice day, NBA!
Probably not but an entertaining thought nonetheless.
most likely the other NBA owners who comprise the board of governors are adopting the politically correct line in public but privately are reluctant to be forced into a ‘sterling must sell’ posture.
they are rightfully thinking if sterling can be forced to sell for something that was said in a private phone conversation, then any one of them could be next for any spurious reason.
this is a very slippery slope and they are rightfully concerned that they are riding a tiger on this one.
THIS IS A GREAT SOLUTION!!!!!
It’s a tar baby.
The Tar-Baby is a fictional character in the second of the Uncle Remus stories published in 1881; it is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Brer Rabbit. The more that Brer Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes.
In modern usage, tar baby refers to any sticky situation that is only aggravated by additional contact.
Yes, if I recall correctly I was at the private homes of several owners and I heard some of the worst talk! LOL
lol...you didnt do any taping did you ?
That may not be what he said, but it is what the players and advertisers heard.
However, they might be able to try to get him on:
" ... failing to or refusing to fulfill contractual obligations ... in such a way as to affect the Association or its Members adversely ..." Its in the Bylaws ...
That being said, Mark Cuban cautioned that, while he fully supportd the Commissioner's decision, this is a slippery slope.
Imagine if LeBron James was taped in private saying that all the Jews should have been exterminated during WWII? Does HE then get a lifetime ban ???
No LeBron would get some “time off” and make a full “confession” about how wrong he was. Be back to dunkin BBalls in no time.
From the transcript, you could also characterize it as asking his former girlfriend not to parade around her new boyfriends at his place of business.
in the meantime, somewhere david stern is sitting in a comfortable chair holding a glass of chablis thinking “i got out of that mess just in time. someone up there really likes me.”
She’s also done this suing the former girlfriend to get back the gifts routine before...
Looks like they all three went to the same high school!
Don and Rocky graduated in 1952, and V-Dot, aka Maria Vanessa Perez, in 2000. Too funny!
Don Tokowitz == Donald Sterling.
That’s strange. Supposedly V. was from Tucson. They showed a photo of where she and her mother lived.
Think of this -
In today’s America, a man can be divested of private property because of things he said in private.
Chew on that a bit.
Looks like he isn’t laying down.
My hope is that Stern comes to Phoenix and has a giant Saguaro fall on him. He cost the Suns the 2007 NBA championship. Him and his crooked ref.
Nahhhh...I’m not bitter at all....
On the other hand, the value of the team will never be higher than it is now.
You’re talking about a team with few die-hard fans....right now there are mostly bandwagon fans because the Lakers suck so much right now.
The league is negotiating a new TV deal this summer. If Sterling wanted to , he could hold out till the contract talks and hold it over everyone’s head until one of the prospective owner groups pays him whatever he asks for.
Los Angeles saw this happen virtually exactly the same way when Frank McCourt sold the Dodgers for a lot more than they were worth to a group of investors Magic Johnson is a part of.
I figure he can get a billion for the team, no matter what they are valued at. Also, he is old, it is a good time to retire.
That would be no revenge at all because the NBA can charter a new team for Los Angeles and hire all the current Clipper players and coaches for the new team. Sterling can keep his team name, hire new players and play the Harlem Globetrotters outside of the NBA.
Sterling paid $12.5 million for the Clippers. The team is currently valued at about $600 million.
The Clippers were at 100.8% of capacity at Staples Center this year for 41 home games. The “.8” is standing room and luxury suite ticket sales.
Again, only because the Lakers stunk so much.
The Mail is reporting that she was brought up in Section 8 housing in San Antonio but moved to Los Angeles while still in high school and ended up at the same school as Don and Rocky.
There was a news article I read this morning showing how in 2002, Sterling sued his girlfriend to give the gifts he gave her back.
She had an expensive home she put in her name and her mother’s and an expensive car or two.
He got both of them back in the case!!! I’m surprised.
Alexandra Castro. TSG published a deposition in that case back in 2004.
Apparently, they reached a settlement on the lawsuit, with Sterling forking over an additional $200k to defray her legal fees.
Whether that's the same girl as the high-school yearbook photo? I would say they look pretty similar. Perez is a common name, but the high-school kid is going by Vanessa, and V-Dot chose to keep the letter V in her new name.