NBA Formally Charges Donald Sterling; June 3 Hearing Set

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The NBA took its latest, and strongest, step to remove Donald Sterling as the Clippers’ owner, formally serving notice Monday of its intention to revoke his ownership of the franchise he has held for 33 years.


Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, April 21, 2014 at Staples Center. (Credit: Getty Images)

If the NBA board of governors approves the charges against Sterling by a three-fourths majority vote, which is expected to happen easily, the Clippers will be sold to new owners.

Sterling, however, could sue the league in court in an attempt to maintain control of the team. He and his wife, Shelly, a co-owner of the Clippers, have said they want to keep the franchise.

As per terms of the NBA constitution, Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the league’s charges, which include him engaging in conduct detrimental to the league and its 30 teams.

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