The Los Angeles Clippers will soon be in the hands of Steve Ballmer and the Donald Sterling era will officially come to an end. It’s not an era anyone is going to be particularly nostalgic about, rather it will be a period of time we wish never happened, even though it unfortunately did.
Sterling is getting $2 billion for the sale of the Clippers, of which he’ll receiver just over $1 billion after capital gains taxes are paid out. But Sterling is speaking publicly for the first time since his agreed sale of the Clippers and has some words for the NBA and those who may be worried about him.
According to Sterling, who spoke to NBC4 in Los Angeles, he’s ready to move on from the Clippers and the entire scandal that caused him to lose him ownership of a team he held in his possession for over 30 years.
“I’m OK, I’m OK,” Sterling added. “Is the NBA OK? I’m not sure about that. Is (NBA Commissioner) Adam Silver OK? I’m sure he’s OK.”
Smiling, Sterling said he was ready to “move on.”
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It sounds like Sterling is letting this roll off him the way he’d let a fender bender roll off of him. Of course, $2 billion goes a long way in making someone come to grips with the reality of a situation, but there seems to still be more venom behind Sterling’s words than there is remorse.
Sterling clearly hasn’t been changed by this experience other than the fact that he’s getting $2 billion to walk away. But while he may soon be gone, it’s clear he’s not fully aware of what he did and doesn’t really care either. Thankfully, he can now burp and spit up all over himself in private rather than do so all over the Los Angeles Clippers publicly.