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NBA to make announcement on Donald Sterling investigation tomorrow

Apr 28, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

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NBA players – and everyone, really – wanted the league to act swiftly on its Donald Sterling investigation.

It appears Adam Silver has.

NBA release:

The NBA will hold a press conference tomorrow to make an announcement about its investigation involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Additional details will be announced.

There’s little use speculating on what the press conference will yield other than to say I expect Silver to announce Sterling’s punishment. I don’t expect Silver to give this situation more attention by announcing findings now and then consequences separately later.

There are a range of possible penalties – from a fine and suspension to something more severe that might not even be allowed. We should know soon what Sterling will face.

  1. phillyguyindc - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    It will be interesting for sure. My mind wandering here.. I wonder if Sterling could sue the girl for selling the tape. Any legal folks around these parts?

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      He can absolutely sue her for recording it, but the NBA can still punish him.

      • spursareold - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        I think based on the circustances of the recording, there may be a criminal complaint to be filed, but I don’t see grounds for a tort complaint. The only person that damaged his reputation is himself and his over active mouth.

      • phillyguyindc - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Roger that. Obviously the NBA is going to punish him, I was thinking of the possibility of him suing her for the damages caused by the tape- but you answered that as well.

    • cmehustle - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      He probably could sue, but Im going to go out on a limb here and say he wont get too much, other than her golden shovel.

    • zerole00 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      It depends what state you’re in for this type of recording. For example, in Minnesota, at least one person has to give their consent (which would be the girlfriend in this case if she was the one who leaked it).

      As far as legal evidence goes? I don’t think it can be used since there wasn’t a warrant or anything, but public opinion isn’t subject to legality.

  2. sjtorpitt - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    ^I hope he sues her. Dirty sl*ts like her need to go. I hope she soon has the face the fact the she sucked and f**ked a 90 yr old for nothing.

    • spursareold - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Oh, come on. Do you think Sterling is naive to the point he didn’t know what she wanted? No fresh yougn thing F’s an old toad like that for anything else. He gave it to her. Then, he thought he could control her life. She proved him wrong.

    • genericusername93 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      You sound jealous that she took the position before you had the opportunity. And in a gender role reversal, I have a hard time believing your integrity would stop you from “sleeping up” as well.

  3. foreverbeachflorida - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Okay, okay, they can come to my games. They just can’t use the bathroom.

    –Donald Sterling

  4. jburk003 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    The words “suspended indefinitely” will be used

    Bet on it.

    • chefjon81 - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Suspend him from what? He’s the one that pays the rent at Staples Center, so you can’t ban him from the arena. Technically, he didn’t commit an illegal act, so I’m not sure what recourse the league really has. I suspect a large fine for something like conduct detrimental to the league. We can hope he agrees its in everyone’s best interests for him to stay away, which is very possible. Ultimately, the fans and sponsors boycotting his product will probably be the biggest penalty he’ll receive. He’s always looked at his ownership of the team as a strictly financial business decision, so hurting him financially is more of an impact than telling him to stay away from a team that he doesn’t really care about anyway. The unfortunate irony is that if he ends up selling the team, he stands to make a huge profit, like McCourt did with the Dodgers.

      • mogogo1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Exactly. There is very little the NBA can do to him. The publicity is going to be the biggest punishment he will face and if the NBA players and coaching fraternity all decide they don’t want to be Clippers that may force him to sell the team. But Silver will talk big but do very little… which will still be more than Stern did back when he got fined millions for being a slum lord and said he didn’t want to rent to African Americans.

      • jburk003 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        You’re out of your mind to think that he won’t be forced to walk away. At the very least, he will be suspended indefinitely from coming around the NBA. He could still “own” the team, but he can own it from his couch inside his home. The NBA is going to make an example out of this clown.

        It’s not that Ironic that he is going to make a huge profit, because anyone with a decent IQ knows that the Clippers are going to be worth FAR more in 10 years than they are currently valued now.

        LAC’s already lost 7 sponsors…You’re absolutely out of your mind to think nothing is coming of this. Sterling won’t be watching a game at Staples for over a year.

  5. cbking05 - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Everyone is acting like “Sterling being a racist” is something new….I’m sure those that know him or knew him already knew that … Clippers aren’t quite the Lakers…

    • therealhtj - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Clippers longtime fans and current band-wagoners tried to believe he’d turned the corner.

      Stern enabling him with a gift-wrapped Chris Paul only amplified who he already was. I said it at the time that would be the greatest failing of Stern’s tenure, I just didn’t think it would happen this quickly.

      • dannymac17 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        Us long time fans never thought that. Dont speak on us. Once a racist always a racist. There is no middle ground.

  6. ufools - Apr 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    @chefjon….they can ban him from any NBA sanctioned events including all games. Yeah, he pays rent at staples….he can sit alone in his office during the games.

  7. chiadam - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Tie him in a chair for an Adam Sandler movie marathon. He’ll crack and agree to sell the team somewhere between “Jack and Jill” and “Little Nicky”.

  8. phillyguyindc - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I do think it is best for him to stay away from the court but suspending a player indefinitely (he loses pay) and suspending an owner indefinitely (still gets paid, minus endorsements lost) are two different things. I think maybe a hefty fine is in order.

    What was Kobes fine for saying f*g? $100,000? ..Sterlings could be a couple million when you adjust for how much each person is worth.

    Idk ..just speculating obviously.

  9. genericusername93 - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Silver will be limited in what he can do to Sterling. The real power is wielded directly by the other owners and indirectly by the fans and sponsors.

    Despite the anti-trust quagmire, the other owners could vote to sanction Sterling and lessen his cut of profit-sharing and essentially make selling the Clippers more profitable than owning the Clippers. Fans and sponsors can refuse to spend new money on the Clippers until he sells.

  10. jollyjoker2 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    It will be interesting to see how far this guy kicks the can – like pols in Washington…people have short attention spans.

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