New twist in the Donald Sterling/Los Angeles Clippers drama. There are reports now that the embattled billionaire owner of the Clippers has had a change of mind about previous plans to fight the forced sale of the team. ESPN is reporting Sterling has agreed to allow his wife, Shelly, and her attorneys to negotiate a sale.
Earlier this week, the NBA formally charged the 80 year-old real estate tycoon with damaging the league and its teams with a taped recording of his racist rants, which became public last month. Also, NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, has banned Sterling from the NBA for life. Sterling has until next Tuesday to respond to the charges. A special meeting of the NBA governors to discuss the situation has been set for June 3.
Shelly Sterling has publicly stated she wants to keep 50 percent of the team. She has to change that stance as well. The NBA has made it clear it wants the Clippers sold, in its entirety, to new owners. More on this new development, which shows a dramatic shift by the Sterlings in their face off with the NBA.