The NBA will be holding a special meeting for the Board of Governors on June 3 regarding owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers. A deal was recently reached with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the franchise for $2 billion, but since the proper paperwork has yet to be filed, the meeting will go on as planned.
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and popular investor on the television series “Shark Tank,” recently made an appearance on Spike Lee’s SirusXM Radio show.
During the interview, Cuban discussed the controversy surrounding Sterling and how he has yet to make up his mind on where his vote will lie should he and the 29 other owners around the league be forced into a decision, via The Dallas Morning News:
I don’t know. If I think the ethical thing is to vote the other way of the 29 other guys, I will. I haven’t made up my mind on anything because I don’t know all the details. I’m not going to jump to conclusions. It’s not fair to the process. Mess up the process and then he (Sterling) has a lawsuit forever. I’m not going to know until I hear the presentation (June 3). What he (Sterling) said was awful. It was horrific, it was racist. There’s no place for it in the NBA, but it’s not going to force me to make up my mind without hearing all the facts. When all this went down, I was probably the only owner that sat down with all my players and we discussed everything. Everything. Everybody’s gotta be careful because everything has changed. And that’s the slippery slope, part of the slippery slope I talked about. We’re all going to be held to a different standard going forward.
Cuban acknowledges that what Sterling did and said was horrific and appalling, but he’d rather see due process play itself out before making a final verdict on the matter. It wouldn’t be in favor of Sterling, though. He just wants all of his ducks in a row and all of the information surrounding the case to be presented, which is completely fair.