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NBA announces it will appoint CEO to oversee Clippers as the process to oust Donald Sterling continues

May 4, 2014, 11:00 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 is working with the Clippers to appoint a chief executive officer to oversee the day-to-day operations of the team as the process to oust disgraced owner Donald Sterling continues, the league announced on Saturday via official release.

“The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization,” said Mike Bass, Executive Vice President, Communications. “The process of identifying that individual is underway.”

Sterling’s wife Shelly, a co-owner of the team, released a statement giving the league her full support.

“I spoke with Commissioner Adam Silver this week to tell him that I fully supported his recent swift and decisive action. We also agreed at that time that, as a next step, both the league and the team should work together to find some fresh, accomplished executive leadership for the Clippers. I welcome his active involvement in the search for a person of the utmost character, proven excellence and a commitment to promoting equality and inclusiveness.

“As a co-owner, I am fully committed to taking the necessary steps to make the Clippers the best team in the NBA. That has been my aspiration ever since 1981.”

Shelly attended Game 7 on Saturday, as the lifetime ban applied only to her husband.

This is a mere formality, but an important one in the league continuing to publicly distance itself from Sterling, while making it clear during every step of the process that the swift action to remove him as the team’s owner will move forward until the task is complete.

  1. asimonetti88 - May 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    I’m already in the LA area so I wouldn’t need to relocate. I look forward to discussing the details Mr. Silver.

  2. cantonbound13 - May 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM


  3. antianarxi - May 4, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    its quite amazing that although rightfully so, most of america is condemning racist comments (which is NOT a crime by the way according to our laws), noone condemns illegal recordings without consent and authorization (which is a crime). what has america become?
    do people really want to be recorded in the privacy of their own home illegally then have this used against them? think about it.

  4. rdrfan - May 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Pure BS the man dint do anything wrong. Look in the mirror you have all said something against another person. It’s a sad day for us real citizens of the US when they can just take over our life because of something we said in private.

  5. guyaneserj - May 5, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    “Real Citizens” rdrfan? What does that TRULY mean? If ur conjecture is that he didn’t do ANYTHING wrong, then ur more misguided that Sterling ever was? It seems that it’s OK to hide behind the shroud of the 1st Amendment, but negate the habitual behavior of this despicable individual! Karma is a *****! It’s NOT OK in any civilized society to accept that kind of behavior, irrespective of how the information was found out!

  6. bougin89 - May 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    And now my question has been answered.

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