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Reports: Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer

May 2, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT

File of Clippers owner Sterling sitting as he watches team play Knicks in NBA game in Los Angeles File of Clippers owner Sterling sitting as he watches team play Knicks in NBA game in Los Angeles

The NBA came down swiftly and severely on Clippers owner Donald Sterling, for racially insensitive remarks he was heard saying in a recorded private conversation.

The lifetime ban and hefty fine were only the beginning, as the league is also moving toward forcing Sterling out of his ownership stake entirely — something he is more than likely to fight, at least initially to a certain extent.

But Sterling reportedly has health concerns that are far more serious than the ultimate fate of his NBA franchise.

Both the the New York Post and ESPNLosAngeles.com have confirmed that Sterling is battling cancer. Here is the Post’s report (in a very NY Post tone) :

Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer — surprising those around him by beating the final buzzer for as long as he has, sources told The Post on Thursday.

“They thought he would die two years ago,” one source said of Sterling, who on Tuesday was banned for life from the NBA for his now-infamous recorded racist rant. …

Another source said Sterling, 80, was specifically suffering from prostate cancer.

The tone of the piece is unnecessarily spiteful, but with confirmation from other outlets the reporting seems to be solid.

We wouldn’t wish the scourge of cancer on anyone.

That doesn’t change the fact Sterling will have nothing more to do with the Clippers or the NBA. His health issues, while unfortunate, are completely separate from his history of making remarks and taking actions which have proven to be racist in nature. They may affect his willingness to go through a long, litigious battle with the league over the punishment that’s been meted out, but that much remains to be seen.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - May 2, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    He should just go ahead and sell, and enjoy what time he has left. Unless being a litigious bastage is what he enjoys.

    • spursareold - May 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      It is.

    • 1historian - May 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      And you enjoy poor spelling

      • weaselpuppy - May 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        don’t be an icehole

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 2, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Sad.

  2. jerdogthompson - May 2, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Breaks my heart……….

    #InDocwetrust

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 2, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Meh

  4. ranfan12 - May 2, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Sad story, but the damage has been done.

  5. orivar - May 2, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Hey he can be racist but not wishing cancer on anybody no matter the age. This black has had family members go through it.

  6. Foul Dwimmerlaik - May 2, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    At this stage in his life, Sterling should just enjoy whatever blessings he has got.

    Of course having the Clippers franchise wouldn’t be one of them any longer.

  7. savvybynature - May 2, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

    • ranfan12 - May 2, 2014 at 2:54 AM

      You need help, and sleep.

  8. limonadamas - May 2, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    The timing of this revelation is curious… It’s probably the only thing at this point that could help garner any kind of sympathy for Sterling and decrease public pressure to do anything.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Well, the timing of “we need to get rid of Donald Sterling because he’s just announced he’s a racist” is just as curious.

      • spursareold - May 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        The timing of ousting Sterling after the release of his recorded racist rant is curious?

        You and I have very different definitions of curious…

  9. money2long - May 2, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    The plot thickens …

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 2, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Headline should read, “Disgraced Disease is Battling Donald Sterling”

    • loungefly74 - May 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      LOL. (yeah..i literaly laughed out loud)

  11. nokoolaidcowboy - May 2, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    These are two separate issues. Please don’t tell us that it will be suggested cancer can cause racism…

    • shanelsweet - May 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      There’s a reason nobody tells cancer jokes. Respect it.

  12. henryd3rd - May 2, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Sad story from beginning to end; but I have one question? Where was David Stern when in the past this guy was committing all his transgressions; but was still allowed to keep ownership of the team? Why did Stern not sanction him then? He then squashed the Lakers to efforts to trade for Chris Paul and then he send Paul to the Clippers?

    This Clipper story sounds like a Greek tragedy with so many plots and turns. No one comes away from this with clean hands.

    • asimonetti88 - May 2, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      “Where was David Stern when in the past this guy was committing all his transgressions; but was still allowed to keep ownership of the team?”

      Sterling was one of the owners who voted for David Stern’s $30 million extension back in the 80s.

      • sportsfan18 - May 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Doesn’t matter…

        HAD this happened while Stern was commish… same result…

        The DIFFERENCE was the HUGE public outcry from EVERYWHERE including the President…

        Things are KNOWN about many people but things aren’t done until it goes VERY far sadly… or until a HUGE majority is in agreement as to what should be done…

        I’m talking about MORE than Sterling and racism now…

        People do drugs, use prostitutes, get DUI’s and well, that’s all run of the mill so while they get bad press and a punishment, it is NOTHING like what Sterling just got…

        The Colts owner was stopped with drugs in his car, he was under the influence (of drugs), didn’t have someone driving him even though he’s a billionaire and he could have killed someone or several people operating a motor vehicle but he’ll just be fined… while another says things and has his team taken from him even though he couldn’t have killed anyone by the words he said vs. the actions Isray took while driving under the influence of drugs…

        NOW, I AGREE with what happened to Sterling… I don’t agree that others get away with things with just a slap on the wrist…

        My larger point is that it usually takes a large public outcry and agreement to get something done… So where was Stern then you ask? Right there doing what he was doing. Had these same circumstances transpired along with the huge public outcry… the same thing would have happened…

        Jerry Sandusky abused little boys for a LONG time… but when something happened that caused it to be HUGE public thing and garner a HUGE public outcry… well it finally changed…

        All of a sudden, those in charge finally did something… no different than Stern and Sliver… one was there BEFORE the event that sparked the huge public outcry and the other was there AFTER that event is all…

    • paleihe - May 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      If the sponsors weren’t leaving, nothing should have happened to Sterling. He wasn’t hurting the game or image of the league, because the Clippers sucked and nobody cared.

      Even with the audio, if sponsors weren’t leaving, Sterling wouldn’t have been punished the way he is. The only reason he got banned and forced to sell is because sponsors are dropping out.

      Stern was acting owner of the Hornets then. A trade centering around Odom/Scola wasn’t good enough for CP. He wanted younger pieces. After seeing what happened to Odom following the trade, that was a great choice on his part.

  13. moochzilla - May 2, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Sterling was Stern’s boy, he protected him for decades. Check out old stories back from 1982-1983 when Sterling was voted out – I believe they appeared on Deadspin and / or LA TImes. Next step was a full vote by all the owners, but Stern was named commish before that could happen and put a stop to it. He loved Donald Sterling. And he left it for Silver to clean up the mess.

    • limonadamas - May 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Exactly! That story was interesting. Sterling’s been known to use delay tactics in the past to get his way. It sounds twisted, but he’s done it in the past.

      Before anyone condemns me for possibly suggesting that the announcement of prostate cancer might be a delay tactic, everyone should know that prostate cancer is probably one of the slowest growing, most treatable types of cancer there are. Virtually every man over a certain age has BPH and vafter a certain age, you dont’ even treat prostate cancer because the chance of dying from natural causes is much greater than the risk of dying from it.

  14. witchrunner - May 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Forgot to add: Is anyone aware of him actually discriminating because of race? Date’s non-white, while married. Check! Gives to liberal causes. Check! Sounds like your typical dem leader.

    • asimonetti88 - May 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      “Forgot to add: Is anyone aware of him actually discriminating because of race?”

      Erm… is this serious or have you not read any of the stories about him? Yes, there are actual stories of him actually discriminating because of race. It’s probably the reason he paid a $3 million fine from the federal government for housing discrimination.

    • calkinsrob - May 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      you need to do your research hes had a history of discriminating against minorities. and please get your political BS out of here. If you want to debate politics im sure there are better places to do it.

  15. natalierosen - May 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    No, one never wants to wish that on anyone. Truthfully, it has nothing to do with what one wishes or does not wish. It has to do with the fact that his DNA is the one in charge. Science always rules.

    I would suggest what Mr. Sterling can do is think about the legacy he is leaving his family, see the hate for which he will be remembered and apologize to everyone and anyone he has offended including his wife on whom he cheated and to his children whom he shamed. If he can quickly do that he can redeem himself I think, make up for the frailties we all have as no one is perfect and IF there is a God make himself right to his maker!

    • 1historian - May 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      There IS a God, and Sterling will face him soon, as will you and as will all of us.

      Meanwhile let me quote his son who said “He among you who is without sin – let him cast the first stone.”

    • allamer1 - May 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Sterling may have offended people but that is not a crime, and does not violate the NBA constitution. Adam Silver had a PC conniption from Sterling’s private conversation with his paid girlfriend. Silver acted impulsively.

      • Kurt Helin - May 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Leaving aside the idiocy of calling out a racist as PC, what Silver did was act in the best interest of NBA business.

      • allamer1 - May 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Oh sure, Kurt, illegally recording private conversations, putting them on the internet, and calling a team owner a racist is all in the best interest of the NBA.

  16. lgwelsh1 - May 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Let Donald Sterling have a chance to redeem himself. In the light of this new information regarding the man’s health, give him the opportunity. Showing mercy is the greatest justice in this unfortunate situation.

  17. philliephaninva - May 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Karma baby!

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