Donald Sterling Rumors

Matt Barnes joined Joe, Lo and Dibs Wednesday morning and got candid about racism in the NBA. “I’ve faced extreme racism so when ya know people saying words or getting caught on camera or excuse me audio, it’s not that big of a deal to me,” Barnes said. “It didn’t necessarily surprise me. To me I just thought that Donald Sterling was the only one dumb enough to get caught. But there is definitely owners that still have the same views or mentality and that’s kind of just that good ol’ boy generation.”
Paul in the Quibi documentary “Blackballed,” via Farbod Esnaashari of Sports Illustrated: “Doc used to always say in order to win a championship, you gotta be lucky, Chris Paul said. “We never were lucky. I don’t think the Donald Sterling thing had anything to do with our shortcomings as a team. It was definitely a bump in the road, something unexpected, but that’s life.”
Justin Barrasso: What we can expect to learn from the players’ perspective in Blackballed? Matt Barnes: We didn’t stand with Donald, we never played for him to begin with. He just happened to be the owner of the team that put us all together. That was a crazy, uncertain time for us as players, and we were glad that [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver acted as swiftly as he did.
Barnes: It’s frustrating. Me being someone who grew up bi-racial, being half Italian and black, I faced racism at a very early age. It boiled over in high school, to the point where someone was calling my sister a n—–. We happened to fight right after that, and a day-and-a-half later, the KKK vandalized my whole school. They burned down a bathroom and it made national news. I learned at an early age, even though I was very proud to be mixed, I was looked at as a black man. I’ve had enough racist events in my life to understand that racism is real and alive, so the stuff with Sterling didn’t surprise me. He was just dumb enough to get caught, but he wasn’t the only one thinking that way at the time or still thinking that way now.
Though NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Walt Disney Co. executive chairman Bob Iger appear — Garcetti describes his phone call to Sterling soon after the scandal broke as “one of the most bizarre talks I’ve ever had” — the film is anchored by interviews with Rivers and former players on the 2014 team including Chris Paul, JJ Redick, DeAndre Jordan and Matt Barnes. (Times staff writer Dan Woike also appears.)
Storyline: Donald Sterling Documentary
An interview was requested with Andy Roeser, the former team president and top lieutenant to Sterling for 30 years who lost his job in the scandal’s wake, but he declined, filmmakers said. Neither Sterling nor his wife were approached for inclusion and that was intentional, Jacobs said. Filmmakers were explicit that they were seeking the players’ stories, not statements from both sides. “This really wasn’t going to be about Donald,” Jacobs said. “This was going to be an opportunity for these players and these individuals to tell their side of the story without any noise coming from Donald Sterling.”
You’re one of the people involved in the Blackballed documentary on Donald Sterling, why was it still important to tell this story? Chris Paul: I think a lot of times things happen and over time you get a chance to think about it. A lot of times you’re in the moment and you don’t really understand how everything came to be a certain way, or how it affected you or how it made you stronger and where you go from there. We felt like it was a great time to tell this story. I’m excited for everybody to see it.
Chris Paul: One of the biggest parts of the documentary, and they talk about it some, when all that happened, Doc [Rivers], the job in that situation of communicating with all of us as a whole, allowing us to be one voice. One of the biggest things I learned in that situation, he could have let us all go out, let us tweet, let us Instagram, talk about this, talk about that. But we talked about it as a team, and we wanted one voice, and Doc was that voice.


“The NBA has been at the forefront when you think about diversity and inclusion,” Johnson said. “Look at the Donald Sterling situation. The NBA has cachet in our community. When something happens in the black community, the NBA has always been there. [Commissioner] Adam [Silver] is the most dynamic leader we have in sports. He gets it. It’s a no-brainer. I knew he was going to do something.”
“Donald Sterling didn’t sell his team either until the NBA came in and did something,” Oakley said. “If you’re a former player and what happened to me when they [dragged] me out of there for no reason, and we got the tape and I didn’t do nothing, it’s like lynching somebody back in the ‘40s and ‘50s. [Dolan] don’t care. I hate to put him in the category of Donald Trump, I think he’s Trump’s nephew. He don’t care.”
Rivers is acutely aware that he’s the anomaly, in his third NBA head-coaching job and being the calming presence while steering the Clippers franchise away from embarrassment after the Donald Sterling scandal in 2014. “We’ve taken a hit lately, in my opinion,” Rivers said about the state of black coaching in the NBA. “We gotta get back to it. I don’t know why, it just seems to go in ebbs and flows.”
Rivers nearly became the shortest-tenured head coach in team history after Sterling decided to nix a three-team deal to bring JJ Redick to the Clippers in 2013. “I was on the job for six days and I quit,” Rivers said. “The deal went through and everyone said it was a great deal. I flew back home to Orlando for a couple of days and I got a call from [former Clippers president] Andy Roeser saying Donald Sterling decided he didn’t want to do the deal. I said, ‘What do you mean? The deal is already done. JJ is a free agent. He backed out of a deal to sign with us. If we don’t do this deal we’ll never get another free agent. It’s our word.’”
“I got on the phone with Donald and he was telling me how great his word was,” Rivers said. … “I was in the airport parking lot screaming, ‘No, no, no, no! You’re not going to do this! This is my reputation!’ He just went on and on about his reputation and how great it was. “Finally at the end of it I said, ‘If you don’t do the trade, I quit.’ He said, ‘You can’t quit, you signed a five-year deal, I’ll make sure you don’t coach anywhere!’ I said, ‘I’m fine with that. I’ll find a job. I’ll do something, but I’m not going to do this. I gave the guy my word. I shook his hand.”
If a team enters into an unauthorized deal with a player, it can be fined up to $6 million — and the player can get hit with a $250,000 fine as well. Statements or conduct detrimental to the NBA could come with a $5 million fine now, up from the previous ceiling of $1 million. And a rule violation with no specific penalty could merit a $10 million fine, up from $2.5 million — the amount that Silver fined former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling while banning him for life from the NBA in 2014 after he was found to have made racist remarks.
In August, ESPN Podcasts set a new record with a verified unique audience of 7.1 million. The total represents an increase of 49% over August 2018. This is the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year growth. The leading driver behind the growth was 30 for 30: The Sterling Affairs, a series focused on Donald Sterling, the former owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. In August, 30 for 30 registered a unique audience of more than one million, a first, and an increase over the same month last year of 172%.
In 2014, an audio recording of a racist rant by former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was released online and shocked the sports world. Last week, the latest season of 30 for 30 podcasts released ‘The Sterling Affairs,’ an in-depth look at the rise and fall of one of the most controversial owners in NBA history. Host of the podcast, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, joins the show to discuss more.
Meanwhile, his wife – Shelly Sterling – seized control and sold the franchise to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Donald sued her, too. Those lawsuits went nowhere. The NBA has moved on without Donald. Shelly Sterling, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN: He’s happy about selling the team now. Yes. He tells a lot of people. He says, “You know, I had to sell the team, but I feel like I fell off a tree and I landed on a pile of gold.”
It was the morning of Game 5 of the Warriors’ 2014 first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Four days earlier, TMZ had published voice recordings of then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist statements to his mistress, V. Stiviano, throwing the NBA into a tailspin. When Myers called his boss with a status report, he told him in no uncertain terms, “‘These guys are going to walk off the floor,'” Welts recalled. “He was with the team that morning and said the vibe around the team — maybe both teams — was that if this doesn’t go the way the players want it to go that they could walk out on the floor and then walk right off and not play the game that night,” Welts said.
Silver was less than 90 days into the job, and he had a full-fledged crisis on his hands. The players were on the verge of shutting down the league in protest. And the threat was far more credible than anyone knew at the time. “I was all-in. Like shut down the whole season,” then-Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said. “Maybe that was too far, but as far as that game that day, you can reschedule it, you gotta sort this thing out, because there’s some deep-rooted stuff with him that had to be addressed.”
The comparison you make that really brought Sterling into focus is when it’s said that he’s kind of a West Coast Donald Trump. Ramona Shelburne: He wanted that. He loved that comparison. The thing that got me really interested in the Sterling story was the dynamic between Donald and Shelly, but the more I reported it, the more I was like, Man, Donald Sterling has what should have been a classic rags to riches story. He is the son of immigrants who moved to East L.A. And he’s a junk peddler, and he’s always at the market until 2 a.m., and he puts himself through school. And I remember talking to his publicist and I said, “Why didn’t you convince him to tell that story? That’s a likable story.” Like, he should have owned that rags to riches story. And instead, he wants you to make him the West Coast Donald.
“They made their pitch to Kobe and it was a very strong one because it seemed apparent to everyone at that point that Kobe and Shaq just could no longer co-exist,” Lawler said. “Then it’s time for Kobe to excuse himself and go and Donald Sterling walks him to the door expressing concern. ‘Is this really going to happen?’ “Kobe turned to him and — this is an exact quote that I’ve had repeated to me by multiple people — he said, ‘Don’t worry, I’m a Clipper.’ So he walked out the door and [the Clippers] are all high-fiving each other thinking, ‘By God, we’ve done it.’ “If anybody denies any of that,” Lawler added, “ they are of faulty memory or they just don’t want to acknowledge it because that is what happened in that meeting in that hotel room.”
It is a way different dynamic from what Rivers had with the team’s previous owner, Donald Sterling. Rivers told The Undefeated he has not spoken to his old boss since TMZ released audio on April 26, 2014, of Sterling making racist comments to his then-girlfriend. “There is no need to,” Rivers said. “I don’t know why or what he was thinking or whatever. … It doesn’t matter to me. It’s already been done and said. I haven’t heard from him. It’s not like I am mad. But why? We don’t need to talk.”
Griffin: “As far as distractions go, I don’t know if there could have been a bigger thing. Everybody was calling for us to do something. At one point I had to stop answering questions from people I was close to just because it was the playoffs. Doc was always talking to us about keeping your box. You got your family, but everything else goes outside the box. That was crazy because people were calling for us to boycott, and then we had to make a decision.” Draymond Green: “I remember the awkwardness of the whole time from when it was released to leading to the game. … Everyone seemed antsy. The most important thing was everyone was standing with them. Guys on our team were standing with them. It was a sad situation. Obviously, it didn’t just affect them, although they were playing on the team he owned. It was bigger than that. It was about our culture as a whole. It was crazy.”
On the team flight from Los Angeles to the Bay Area between Games 2 and 3, Sterling decided to ride on the short flight with the rest of the organization. This was fairly rare for Sterling to do. He wasn’t exactly one of those helicopter parents with his fingerprints all over every decision and moment. He was fairly absentee, but this time he decided to fly with the team. He and his companions would commandeer a table area near the front of the plane, where the coaches always sat. With his presence in that area of the team flight, assistant coaches rushed toward the back of the plane telling support staff to swap seats with them.
During the playoffs, the time between games is already at a premium. Dealing with this media and professional circus certainly didn’t allow enough time to prepare for a game properly. Considering the Clippers didn’t have a proper organizational structure, Rivers had to deal with keeping nearly every aspect of the Clippers in order, apprising of the events to come and accounting for their feelings on the matter.
It’s been 5 years since the NBA forced Donald Sterling to sell the L.A. Clippers — but the billionaire tells TMZ Sports he’s STILL a fan of his former team and rooting for them in the playoffs. Remember, Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life on April 29, 2014 over racist comments recorded by V. Stiviano and published on TMZ. The league forced Sterling to sell the team — which he did a few months later for the whopping price of $2 BILLION. Sterling has since moved on with his life — but when we spotted him in Beverly Hills, we had to know if he’s still following the Clippers, and rooting for them in the playoffs. “Of course,” the 84-year-old billionaire told us on his way out of Nate’n Al … “And, I wish them the best!”
“I had good relationships with all the owners I played under, with my last season with the Clippers the exception,” said Hill. “So, I was privy to a lot of information around the moving parts of a team, but I had no idea. Doesn’t matter if you’re a former player or an executive from another industry that’s getting involved in ownership, there is always a learning curve.”
Now that’s suffering the basketball team, and we understand that because the basketball side didn’t have anything to do with the business side, and obviously there’s collateral damage that comes along with that. But when you are the owner, you’re not just the owner of the basketball side. You’re the owner of the business side as well. And I take no pleasure in saying that, because again, I got a lot of love for Mark Cuban. But we have to pay attention to what’s going on here. In fairness and in full disclosure, I’ve spoken to the NBA office. Their mentality has been ‘Mark Cuban was forthcoming. Mark Cuban didn’t make any excuses. Mark Cuban was incredibly cooperative,’ and where they distinguish the difference between him and a Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and a Jerry Richardson, former owner of the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League – their direct actions was what was offensive and ultimately something that had to be dealt with. Mark Cuban wasn’t the culprit here.”
Storyline: Mavericks Harassment Claims
The Clippers are a vanity project under Steve Ballmer as they were under Donald Sterling. They don’t belong to a fan base as much as an owner. You know what fans expect. What owners want, or are capable of, varies. Only Donald would have brought the Clippers here from San Diego to show he wouldn’t fail on the same level if they were closer to home. With less competitive, more hospitable sites like Seattle yearning for teams, only Ballmer may keep them here to show they’re worth that $2 billion he paid.
The NBA didn’t become a billionaire’s ball until April of 2014, when former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer paid $2 billion for the Clippers after Donald Sterling’s forced exit. Everyone in league circles knew the massive TV deal was coming by then, and so this became a costly risk worth taking. Fertitta’s record price was eclipsed in October, when Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai bought 49% of the Brooklyn Nets at a valuation of $2.3 billion (according to ESPN, he has an option to acquire controlling interest in 2021). “We were hell-bent that we weren’t going to lose (the bidding) this time,” Fertitta said. “But you can’t make somebody sell something to you if they don’t want to sell it. But all we could do is shoot every bullet we could, and I think Tad, you know we did – a lot more than anybody else.”
How do you reflect on the banning of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling? Was the situation hurtful, stressful? (Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, fined $2.5 million and forced to sell the Clippers after his racist remarks caused a firestorm during the 2014 playoffs.) Blake Griffin: We all knew. Everybody always knew. It seems more that you had to wait for something to happen in order for something else to happen, if you know what I mean? In a way, you’re thankful for those opportunities because it brought on change. It certainly wasn’t the first of the dominos to fall. But I think there has been a trend, and we have seen this, or the past however many years of people not being able to keep that stuff covered up. That s— comes out sooner or later.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently or wish your entire team had done differently on Sterling? Blake Griffin: I am happy about how we handled it because we did it as a team and we did it together. We made a stand. I think we were all kind of worried. We didn’t know what to say. It was also in the playoffs, and we didn’t want to say anything that would disrupt that or say anything that was too crazy. I appreciated teammates always thinking in those terms, but we could have been more outspoken. But I think we did it as a team, and when you do things together as a team that it makes the biggest impact.
JAY-Z Yeah, there was a great Kanye West line in one of [his] songs: “Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it.” [“Never Let Me Down,” from West’s 2004 album, “The College Dropout.”] Take a step back. I think when Donald Sterling3 got kicked out of the N.B.A., I thought it was a misstep, because when you kick someone out, of course he’s done wrong, right? But you also send everyone else back in hiding. People talk like that. They talk like that. Let’s deal with that. I wouldn’t just, like, leave him alone. It should have been some sort of penalties. He could have lost some draft picks. But getting rid of him just made everyone else go back into hiding, and now we can’t have the dialogue. The great thing about Donald Trump being president is now we’re forced to have the dialogue. Now we’re having the conversation on the large scale; he’s provided the platform for us to have the conversation.
Redden worked with Winger in Cleveland, where he rose in the executive ranks as a well-regarded talent evaluator who worked under Danny Ferry, Chris Grant and Griffin. He will complement Winger, who has established a reputation as an expert strategist with a steady administrative hand and strong negotiating skills. For years, the Clippers had among the thinnest staffs in the NBA under the thrifty ownership of Donald Sterling. Since the arrival of Steve Ballmer in 2014, the franchise has grown into a robust organization with a basketball operations department that has expanded exponentially in size. Sources say the team has plans to add another assistant general manager to its brain trust.
3 years ago via ESPN
The 83-year-old Sterling at first hesitated to speak to a reporter, as the anniversary of the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer approaches on May 29. But he eventually agreed to be interviewed, saying he wants the world to know that he has moved beyond the battles of the past. “I am as happy as I have ever been. I am as comfortable as I have ever been,” Sterling said. “And I don’t want to do anything to disturb that.”
3 years ago via NBC