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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

NBA begins process to oust Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling

05/19/2014 12:32 PM

05/19/2014 1:09 PM

The NBA announced this morning it has initiated a charge to terminate Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the charge. The hearing is scheduled for June 3. A 3/4 majority vote is required to terminate Sterling’s ownership and begin the process of selling the Clippers to a new owner.

This is the charge, per the NBA’s press release:

“The charge asserts that Mr. Sterling engaged in conduct that has damaged and continues to damage the NBA and its teams. 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. Mr. Sterling engaged in other misconduct as well, including issuing a false and misleading press statement about this matter.

All of these acts provide grounds for termination under several provisions of the NBA Constitution and related agreements”

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