When Donald Sterling promptly inserted his 80-yeard old foot into his racist mouth and the evidence of such a thing happening were allegedly revealed this weekend, it didn’t take long for there to be universal outrage. Anyone with a conscious was stung by Sterling’s moronic and racist rant and the entire sports community os calling for Sterling to be pushed out as owner of the Clippers.
Per Sam Amick from USA Today, it’s very unlikely if not next to impossible for the NBA to simply rule that Donald Sterling is no longer the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. As much as we all want that to be the outcome of this situation, there will have to be some time that passes before Sterling is ousted as owner and it will have to be, for the most part, on his own will.
Thanks to bylaws and the NBA constitution, Sterling can’t be simply ousted for being a racist bigot but he can be pressured into doing so. That’s already happening thanks to sponsors pulling out of deals with the Clippers and no longer standing besides them or giving them any of their money.
It’s also only a matter of time before the fans stop coming and that will be aided by the fact that players will stop playing and leave. Free agents this offseason already don’t want to play for Sterling and his current roster of talent from the head coach on down should be allowed to leave as well.
All of that could and likely will lead to Sterling selling the team. He’s also 80-years old so waiting him out may be on option on the table but without lowering ourselves to his level of ignorance, the thing we should be rooting for is sponsor boycotts to continue to the point where Sterling keeping the team would cost him more money than he’d make and he’ll be forced to sell.