NBA takes steps to terminate Sterlings ownership

The National Basketball Association filed paperwork on May 19 to terminate Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling of all ownership rights in the franchise.

Sterling has until Tuesday May 27 to respond. He will be allowed to make a presentation at a special Board of Governors meeting on June 3, CNN reported.

The 80-year-old Jewish lawyer and billionaire real estate investor, who was recorded making racist comments to his girlfriend, is fighting a $2.5 million fine and a lifetime ban imposed by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

In the recorded conversation and in subsequent interviews, Sterling has mentioned Jewish issues. In a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he criticized wealthy African Americans for not being as generous as American Jews and praised Jews for establishing Hebrew free loan societies.

According to CNN, some owners said privately — and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said publicly — that the interview has made them more resolute about voting out Sterling.

Sterling has owned the Clippers since 1981. —  jta