Magic Johnson has dared to say what just about everyone is thinking in Los Angeles. With the Donald Sterling scandal being hashed out in the headlines, the ownership of the LA Clippers has been debated especially after Shelly Sterling has suggesting she isn’t giving up ownership of the team. According to USA Today on Friday, Magic Johnson weighed in on why the Sterling family needs to sell the team.
Shelly Sterling has made her decision known that she has no intentions of selling her share of the LA Clippers. According to Complex on Friday, her attorneys came out to defend her property rights and ownership. Laying out the groundwork for an epic battle in court, it might be a long time before the NBA team gets a final answer on what will happen. This definitely will impact corporate sponsorship too.
“All the sponsors pulling out, they will pull out for good if she is owning it. It's not going to be the same," said Magic Johnson talking about the Sterling connection to the team.
The wrinkle of pushing out Donald Sterling became a headache for the NBA after Shelly Sterling announced she was going to be part of the team after his departure. Whether the NBA thought the situation through before their ban surrounding the scandal is unknown, but it has set up a match that local residents know is going to court.
There has been plenty of chatter about this issue of who can stay as owners and most people agree that the Sterling family needs to leave. This harsh reality might be the only way the community supports the LA Clippers once again.
The current support of the LA Clippers in the playoffs has fans, both celebrities and local residents cheering on the team. The reserved actions are only on court and every night on local TV the debate about the scandal continues and the latest details are reported.
Magic Johnson is one of the few sport celebrity figures who has come out to say the team needs a fresh start. How this will happen is unknown and most people wonder how long it might take too.