The NBA has meted out it's heaviest punishment for a team owner in the history of the sport. Now the other 29 team owners will converge and decide whether or not they will force Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers and it's looking almost certain at this point. In a Friday report, The Los Angeles Times says Sterling is not going down without a fight and will sue the NBA if forced to sell his team.
If forced to sell, Donald Sterling could tie up the future of the Clippers team for years in the court system. People seem to forget that Sterling is not just a real estate mogul, he's also a lawyer. That coupled with his insanely large bank accounts are probably why no one has tried to take action against him before the V. Stiviano recordings were leaked.
The quick action taken by the NBA is unprecedented but it is completely within their rights. The NBA constitution and bylaws do contain procedure to remove a team from an owner who doesn't follow the rules. That doesn't mean it will be easy and although Sterling will probably lose in the end, that won't stop him from costing the NBA millions in legal fees and tying up the sale of the team for years. This could be a huge deterrent to those interested in purchasing the team.
Lawyer Carl E. Douglas has taken on the tyrant Donald Sterling in court. When asked about Sterling, his response was, "Donald Sterling is a surly, defiant, tyrannical rich guy who is a bully and used to having his way."
Many, including Lebron James, are urging the NBA to move swiftly while the hurt is fresh to ensure proper action is taken this time with Donald Sterling. Others question why he was able to get away with this reign of terror for so long despite multiple housing and employment discrimination lawsuits. Even more want to know why, with this horrible history of racism, was the NAACP getting ready to honor Donald Sterling for the second time.
In order to move forward with plans to remove the disgraced Clippers owner, there are steps detailed in the NBA bylaws and constitution. Adam Silver has three days to provide Donald Sterling with the charges against him. Sterling then has five days to respond. Once he responds, the NBA Board of Governors must take a vote within ten days of that response regarding whether to remove the team and force the sale or not.