James: Players want no Sterlings to own Clippers

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James understands it will take time, but he wants Donald Sterling out of the NBA.

And he said Sunday that players believe nobody in Sterling's family should be able to own the Los Angeles Clippers if he's gone.

Sterling has been banned for life for making racist comments and Commissioner Adam Silver has urged owners to force Sterling to sell the franchise. While Silver has said no decisions had been made about the rest of Sterling's family, NBA spokesman Mike Bass released a statement Sunday night clarifying the league's authority in the matter.

"Under the NBA constitution, if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-quarter vote, all other team owners' interests are automatically terminated as well," Bass said. "It doesn't matter whether the owners are related as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team."

Shelly Sterling, Sterling's estranged wife, said she intends to keep her 50 percent of the franchise.

"As players, we want what's right and we don't feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team," James said after the Miami Heat practiced for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Brooklyn.

But Shelly Sterling told ABC News' Barbara Walters that she doesn't believe she should be punished for what her husband said.

"I will fight that decision," she said in the interview. "To be honest with you, I'm wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there's 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?"

James was one of the first and strongest voices to speak out after a recording of Donald Sterling's remarks to V. Stiviano were posted on TMZ's website last month, saying the comments were unacceptable and that there was no place in the league for Sterling.

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