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The NBA is trying to get Donald Sterling to step down

The NBA is trying to get Donald Sterling to step down
April 28, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Donald Sterling

Last week, the world was introduced to billionaire and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling, who is … just racist on a level I didn’t think existed outside of the 1800s. I’m not convinced he isn’t an old timey a-hole who found a time machine and used it to be racist in the 21st century. Anyway, after recordings of him being super racist leaked online (via his mistress V. Stiviano, the backlash came swift and hard, and according to RadarOnline, the NBA is quietly asking him to step down and sell the team or otherwise face ‘indefinite suspension.’ (Read: GTFO, racist!)

The National Basketball Association is preparing to indefinitely suspend the 80-year-old billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers unless he agrees to step down and sell the team he has owned since 1981, RadarOnline has learned. A source close to the investigation described the potential deal as a “blessing in disguise” for both the team and the NBA. “The NBA is tightly governed about forcing an owner to sell a team. The NBA can only force an owner to sell if the team is facing dire financial circumstances, such as not being able to make payroll.”

I know this doesn’t technically fall under the umbrella of “dire financial circumstances,” but I think being publicly racist on a soul-rotting level has to be something they take into consideration, right? Like, creating an international public relations disaster that reflect on the team and the league in general? That has to be something they look at when deciding whether or not they want a colossal racist in charge of one of their teams.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.