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NBA: Ex-Time Warner boss Richard Parsons takes over LA Clippers

Published on May 10, 2014 3:58 AM
Richard Parsons, the former chairman of Citigroup and former chairman and CEO of Time Warner, poses in New York, on Sep 18, 2013. --  FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Richard Parsons, the former chairman of media giant Time Warner and Citigroup, was named Friday as the interim chief executive of the Los Angeles Clippers following a racism firestorm.

The move by the NBA came in the wake of the life ban imposed upon Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks revealed two weeks ago by celebrity watchdog website TMZ.

"I believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

Sterling, who told his girlfriend he did not want her to bring black people to Clippers games or post photos of herself with black people on social media, was banned for life by Silver, who has started the process of having other club owners remove Sterling as owner of the Clippers.

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