LeBron James: Entire Sterling Family Should Be Prohibited From Owning Clippers

Source: Marc Weinreich / Sports Illustrator

LeBron James said Sunday that no one in the entire Sterling family should be allowed to own the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, who spoke to James during the team’s shootaround in Brooklyn before the Heat play Game 4 vs. the Nets on Monday.

James said it’s the right thing to do, from the players’ perspective, to disallow any kind of transfer of ownership within the Sterling family:

”As players, we want what’s right and we don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team.”

The comments come less than a month after billionaire Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from attending games, and also fined $2.5 million, for racist comments he made to a friend during a taped private phone conversation this year. His wife, Shelly, said she has every intention of retaining majority ownership of the team, but Commissioner Adam Silver said he expects full support from the 29 other NBA owners who can force Sterling to sell the team he purchased for $12.5 million in 1981. Silver needs a three-fourths vote from the other owners to force the sale of the team.

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