The NBA charged Donald Sterling on Monday with damaging the league and its teams by making racist comments, setting up a hearing planned for June 3 after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The NBA deemed all of Sterling's acts "grounds for termination," leading up to the charges. The league must receive a 3/4 approval from its Board of Governors to remove Sterling from ownership.
On April 29, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a press conference announcing Sterling's lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine that he fully expected to get the support he needed from the owners to remove Sterling.
The press release from the NBA: The NBA Constitution provides Mr. Sterling with the opportunity to respond to the charge by May 27, as well as the right to appear and make a presentation at a special meeting of the Board of Governors. This hearing, which is planned for June 3, will be presided over by NBA Board of Governors Chairman Glen Taylor, the controlling Governor of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The charge asserts that Mr. Sterling engaged in conduct that has damaged and continues to damage the NBA and its teams. See this story on espn.go.com