Owners vote to move forward with Sterling removal

Owners vote to move forward with Sterling removal
May 1, 2014, 8:15 pm

BOSTON - The NBA's Advisory/Finance committee has "unanimously agreed" to move forward with the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers following racist remarks he made over the weekend. 

The 10-member committee, which includes Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, met via teleconference call on Thursday.

"The Committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week,” said Mike Bass, the NBA's Executive Vice President of Communications.

An audio tape was released by TMZ over the weekend in which Sterling told a woman believed to be his girlfriend at the time, that he did not want her to bring African-Americans to games involving his team, or be seen in public or social media with them.

On Tuesday, Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and the Clippers, in addition to a $2.5 million fine which is the maximum allowed under the league's Constitution.