NBA: Magic Johnson says no Sterling should own Clippers
Published on May 12, 2014 4:59 PM
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson on Sunday reiterated his belief that the National Basketball Association (NBA) must oust embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and said players will not play for his wife, Shelly, either.
Johnson is a beloved figure in Los Angeles after leading the Lakers to five NBA titles before his retirement in 1991 after announcing that he was HIV-positive.
He made brief comebacks, one as coach of the Lakers, before becoming a successful businessman, and in 2012 led a group that purchased baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers for US$2.15 billion (S$2.68 billion).
He has applauded NBA commissioner Adam Silver's move to ban 80-year-old Sterling for life and fine him US$2.5 million over racist remarks, which were made in a private conversation but later made public.
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