Garcetti said he had spoken with Sterling, urging him to apologize for his comments, but that he expects an ugly legal battle.
“I think that he thinks that he’s going to be the owner for a long time, that he wants to stay the owner,” Garcetti said. “And I said, ‘This will be a long, protracted fight and a painful thing for our city …’”
Garcetti said Sterling’s continued ownership could be “very tough” for the Clippers players, who advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs Saturday, since further success would profit Sterling.
Kevin Johnson, a star guard for the Phoenix Suns in the 1980s and 1990s and now mayor ofSacramento, California, served as an emissary for the NBA players union after Sterling’s conversations were revealed. He said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he would like to see a unanimous or near-unanimous result when owners vote on making Sterling to sell the team.
A three-fourths vote by the board of governors would be required to force the sale.
“I think the players feel very strongly that they have confidence in the owners to make the right decision,” Johnson said. “I think the owners are going to put the Clippers in a position where this owner, Mr. Sterling, is going to have to sell the team. Whether it happens this week or next week, it’s going to have to run that process.”
It’s not going to happen this week or next week. Or next month or next year. I expect Sterling to maintain ownership of the team until he dies. He’s an eighty year old billionaire. You think he gives a rat’s ass about the shriekfest du jour in the progressive cess pits?
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