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NBA: Sterling will allow wife to sell Clippers: reports

Published on May 24, 2014 1:32 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has surrendered control of the NBA club to his estranged wife Shelly, who is in talks with the league to sell the team, according to media reports Friday.

Celebrity gossip website TMZ reported Sterling, banned for life from the NBA this month by league commissioner Adam Silver for racist comments that have damaged the league, realised the league would force him to sell eventually, citing unnamed sources close to the Clippers organisation.

The move would allow Shelly Sterling and her attorneys to control some terms of the sale, as she was not banned by the league.

TMZ reported Shelly Sterling, who has a secondary ownership stake in the Clippers, is prepared to sue the NBA if the league orders an involuntary sale of the team.

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