There is quite a big mess in the NBA and it all started with LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling and his racist remarks caught on tape. Now, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has to come in and sweep away the dirt to get the NBA Playoffs focused back on the game itself. But, what will Silver do?
Pro Basketball Talk points out that it’s possible for Silver to hand Sterling an indefinite suspension. That means Sterling won’t be involved with any part of running the team, attending games, or even be allowed around the team. This suspension could also cost Sterling about $1 million in fines.
Will that calm the storm? It’s hard to say since so many celebrities, athletes, politicians–even the President–are completely outraged by the situation.
Speculation has been made that Sterling might sell the team. But, if he doesn’t want to, can the league sell it without his permission? According to a legal analyst at ESPN, it can be done.
“Under the terms of Paragraph 13 of the constitution, the owners can terminate another owner’s franchise with a vote of three-fourths of the NBA Board of Governors, which is composed of all 30 owners. The power to terminate is limited to things like gambling and fraud in the application for ownership, but it also includes a provision for termination when an owner “fails to fulfill” a “contractual obligation” in “such a way as to affect the [NBA] or its members adversely.”
It may not be clear just yet what Silver will do, but it’s obvious that he’ll do what he needs to do in order to make this go away.
Silver will take the podium and address the media at 2 PM ET, Tuesday.
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