Donald Sterling May Fight to Keep Clippers, Garcetti Says

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will continue to press Clippers owner Donald Sterling to give up his ownership of the NBA team, but said it may take a “protracted fight” before the 80-year-old billionaire agrees to sell.


Former NBA players A. C. Green, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Roger Mason Jr. and others join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a news conference last week to denounce remarks by Clippers team owner Donald Sterling. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

“He thinks he’s going to be the owner for a long time,” Garcetti said Sunday on the CBS TV program “Face the Nation.”

Garcetti said he spoke to Sterling several days ago and said the owner did not seem to realize the effect of taped remarks that NBA officials say were made by Sterling about African Americans that became public.

“He believes in his heart that he’s a very good person” and is proud of what he has accomplished, Garcetti said.

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