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Report: Donald Sterling thought the NBA would rescind his ban and fine, hasn’t signed off on Clippers sale

Jun 6, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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Donald Sterling was building a little good will – the smallest amount, but still – by agreeing to sell the Clippers and drop his lawsuit.

He just can’t stay out of his way.

James Rainey and Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angels Times:

Donald Sterling still hasn’t signed off on the official sale of the Clippers because he hopes the NBA will rescind a $2.5-million fine and lifetime ban from all league activities, according to people familiar with the situation.

Sterling recently saw a draft of a statement from the league which he thought absolved him of the penalties, but a person familiar with the NBA’s position said the statement, which was not released to the public, offered no such relief.

The NBA can’t rescind Sterling’s fine and ban. It would be too damaging.

The league must allow Sterling to accept his money for selling the team, but that’s the extent of the leniency Adam Silver can provide. Anything else would be viewed as too forgiving. Sterling is toxic, and giving him any more favor than the legal system requires would taint the NBA by association.

It. Just. Can’t. Happen.

That doesn’t mean Sterling understands that. For someone who will make $1 billion from the sale – presumably, Shelly will get half of the $2 billion sale – Donald sure seems considering about $2.5 million.

Of course, it’s probably not about the money. If it were, Steve Ballmer could easily kick in an extra $2.5 million if it guaranteed ending this saga (not that he should have to).

I don’t know what Sterling hopes to achieve by delaying signing. If he wants to redeem his name, the NBA rescinding the fine and ban will not accomplish that.

Only Sterling leaving the spotlight and letting the outrage dissipate will help him now.

Unless Sterling had a change of heart and wants to fight this outcome in court – which is his prerogative – he’s just making everything worse for himself. Accepting a quick sale curried favor for Sterling only if he agreed to the sale quickly.

Delaying ruins that.

  1. campcouch - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    I’m commenting to get you some money.

  2. drunkenjunk - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Ugh, Sterling is a delusional piece of garbage.I really wish this scumbag would just go away already.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Yet from the thumbs you can tell there are plenty who support ignorance and hate. After all, that’s their way, too.

  3. mrlaloosh - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Outrage? No so much. Phony outrage? Absolutely. You know who you are…….

    • ranfan12 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      well i wouldn’t exactly call it phony, but media fueled

      • muathjam21 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        When every media outlet is attempting to be more outraged than the next – and in the process adding fuel to an already lit fire – it borderlines phony.

        Welcome to America circa 2014 – when someone, somewhere has to and needs to be offended.

      • ranfan12 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Oh yeah, definitely then. I understand completely.

  4. ranfan12 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Just when you thought the guy had a glimmer of common sense… poof

  5. naterich21 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    So he’s getting 2 billion dollars(technically 1 billion) and worried about a 2.5 million dollar fine? Am I understanding that correctly?

    • thisischavez - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:24 AM

      Rich people didn’t get rich by making poor business decisions. Say what you want about him. You can’t take away the fact that he’s a successful business man.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Well, his half (MRS. gets half) AFTER taxes will be $669 million.

      The capital gains taxes are going to be right around $662 million on the $2 billion, so deduct that and then cut it in half.

      The Donald will get around $669 million once the dust settles…


      less $662,000,000.00

      equals $1,338,000,000.00

      then cut that in half as Mrs. gets one half and the Donald gets the other half…

      half equals $669,000,000.00 or $669 million.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Your math skills are incomparable. Thanks.

  6. naterich21 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    “Damn, this 997.5 million just isn’t doing it. I wish I had some more.” Go away you waste of space.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:02 AM

      yeah, its a 2.5 million dollar ego thing. I have it too…He will be just fine at 80 plus….and who says boomers aren’t greedy..LOL.

  7. justinnelson71 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Fight it out Donald! I don’t see how they can force a sale of the team for saying something.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      Then you must not understand how franchises work.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Or that racists have no place in professional sports.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Thumbs downs on my comment! That just shows that people think racists should be in pro sports. Thanks for exposing yourselves as hateful pieces of crap.

    • k3nn3k - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      @jimee…. then how do you explain Shaq (racist Chinese remark against Yao) Riley Cooper (of the Eagles) and the majority of the black population in the NBA and nfl using the “n” word on a nightly basis?

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        Nope: if I have to explain it to you you wouldn’t understand anyway. You’re a pea brain!

  8. muathjam21 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Well, I think we can all agree on one thing.

    Epic gut.

  9. jollyjoker2 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    he will get it because its image and 2 million means nothing.

  10. antistratfordian - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:27 AM

    Ah, they’ll work something out.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      LBJ will kick in $2.5 million to make him go away…

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Dissolve the Knicks and use the proceeds to pay the racist even more.

    • qball59 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Reduce the fine to $1million (which, if you read the NBA Constitution and By-Laws, is the maximum the fine should have been in the first place…), reduce the ban to a year, and be done with it.

      I mean, after he sells the Clippers, who cares if they guy comes to sit in the stands and watch the occasional game? The goal was to get him to sell, which he’s doing. Anything much beyond that is excessive and vindictive…

      • antistratfordian - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        That might sound reasonable, but it would set a bad precedent.

        You can’t come out as the commissioner and say, “banned for life!” and then a few weeks later say, “oh, nvm. just joking.”

        I think banning him for life is fine considering the abominable nature of his comments, which is kind of getting lost in all of this.

      • qball59 - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        @antistratfordian: The only precedent that would be set is that Adam Silver would learn not to make such rash judgments. Silver could have just as easily suspended him “indefinitely”, fined him, and tried to force him to sell the franchise. It would have had the same effect without Silver painting himself into a corner. In other words, an indefinite suspension would have given Silver a lot more flexibility in dealing with the situation.

  11. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    When he dies where is he gonna take his money? He shouldn’t worry about his riches anymore bc he’s not gonna have it anymore when he’s 10 feet under dirt.

    • kcroyal - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Do they bury racists an extra four feet or something?

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:50 AM


  12. johnheisman - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    There is an even bigger problem for the Commissioner Silver. In addition to Sterling’s requirement to rescind the fine and the ban in return for selling the team, Sterling is now demanding that the NBA give him back his ball so he can go home.

  13. gmsingh123 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    That guy has more screws loose than a Yugo.

  14. rayburns - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Sterling is certainly helping to refute the claims of his Foundation that he is mentally incapacitated…

  15. dbfan4ever - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Just collect the loose change from your couch and pay the fine Sterling the league is done with you!

  16. jerdogthompson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I talked to my ticket rep late yesterday afternoon, in his words “ding dong the witch dead” which in essence means the deal is already consummated and this is a writers cheap attempt at making another story.


    • jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Let your ticket agent know that we really appreciate it here of PBT. Thanks so much!


      • jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        “on PBT”…gotta use the right prepositions or the grammar pigs, I mean police, might choke on a donut.

  17. adoombray - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    the old “anonymous sources say” shtick. nice.

    controversy = clicks even when reporters are blatantly making stuff up

  18. kobebetterthanjordan - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Donald Sterling and the late Jerry Buss were the closest of friends. Kobe Bryant is the greatest basketball player of all times. Even Jordan knows this. Coincidence? I think not….

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Closest of friends is not true. They were friendly through business (both did real estate) but particularly later they were not chummy.

  19. proudofuga - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    maybe Sterling doesn’t give a crap about the PC world and wants to string out his Kangaroo court that has railroaded him out of owning a team because they don’t like the way he thinks?

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