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NBA: Charges made in bid to strip Sterling of Clippers

Published on May 20, 2014 6:25 AM
 
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attending the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on April 21, 2014. The NBA on Monday, May 19, 2014, charged Sterling with racist conduct detrimental to the league, setting a June 3 hearing where owners could strip the team from him. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - The NBA on Monday, May 19, 2014, charged Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with racist conduct detrimental to the league, setting a June 3 hearing where owners could strip the team from him.

The NBA announced it was seeking to terminate his ownership and that under NBA rules, Sterling has the right to respond to the charge by May 27.

Sterling, who received a life ban and US$2.5 million (S$3.1 million) fine from NBA commissioner Adam Silver for racist remarks made public last month, can attend and make a presentation at the special hearing of the NBA Board of Governors (team owners) that is set for just two days before the start of the NBA Finals.

A vote of 75 per cent of league owners is required to sustain the charge against Sterling and terminate his interest in the Clippers, opening the door for the club to be sold to new owners.

 
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