Donald Sterling Rumors

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.
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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.
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