(LOS ANGELES) — The National Basketball Association began the process of stripping Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, announcing Monday that a vote from three-quarters of the league’s owners would result in the forced sale of the team.
Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the charges, according to the NBA’s constitution, and has the right to appear and make a presentation to the Board of Governors, tentatively scheduled to meet for June 3.
The association’s actions are in response to racist comments made by Sterling in a leaked recording, in conduct that the NBA says “damaged and continued to damage” its teams.
“Mr. Sterling’s actions and positions significantly undermine the NBA’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion,” a statement reads.
The NBA also cites that he “disparaged African-Americans and ‘minorities,'” among other accusations, all of which are grounds for termination under the league’s constitution and agreements.
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