Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Signed a Morals Contract that Could Help NBA Oust Him

The NBA may have found the legal grounds they need to oust L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league. USA Today is reporting that Sterling signed “moral and ethical contracts” that prevent owners “from expressing views or taking actions that are detrimental to the league.” Obviously, his bigoted, racist statements made in a phone conversation, secretly recorded and released by his girlfriend, could constitute as “detrimental.” Among other offensive things said on the call, Sterling reprimanded his young girlfriend (who is biracial) for posting pictures on social media of herself with Magic Johnson and said that he did not want black people attending Clippers games. Sterling has already been banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million, but to this point, it was unclear how the league or fellow owners could force the sale of the team. The league will also lean on an owners’ contract that allows for owners to be terminated if they’re actions “affect the Association or its Members adversely” …

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