Angeles Clippers Owner Sterling Battling Cancer: Report
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[May 02, 2014]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Los Angeles
Clippers owner Donald Sterling, newly banned from basketball over racist
comments attributed to him, has been battling prostate cancer, sports
network ESPN and other media reported on Thursday.
The reports come after the National Basketball Association
launched a bid on Thursday to oust the 80-year-old as owner of the
franchise, as urged by league Commissioner Adam Silver.
ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Sterling has cancer. The
New York Post, which first reported the news, also cited unnamed
sources as saying Sterling has been battling prostate cancer for an
extended period of time.
Reuters could not independently confirm these reports. Officials for
the Clippers and the NBA did not immediately return requests for
Silver on Tuesday declared Sterling banned from the NBA for life,
fined him $2.5 million — the league maximum — and called on the 29
other club owners who make up the governing board to exercise their
authority to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.
The scandal has angered fans and players, and numerous commercial
sponsors have pulled their support from the team, before and after
the NBA moved to expel Sterling.
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Sterling was banned from any further ties with his team or
professional basketball, and stripped of his seat on the NBA
governing board, days after two websites released audio recordings
in which a voice said to be Sterling's is heard criticizing a female
friend for "associating with black people".
Silver said Tuesday that Sterling has acknowledged to the NBA that
the recording was authentic but did not apologize.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles;
writing by Eric M.
Johnson; editing by Catherine Evans)
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