Donald Sterling is reportedly unwilling to sell the LA Clippers despite his $2.5m fine and lifetime ban from the NBA.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver handed down the punishments after Sterling was allegedly caught making racist comments on tape to girlfriend V. Stiviano.
But as reported by Fox News, Sterling has no intention of selling the Clippers. Even though he is banned for life from NBA activities - that includes games, practices and team decisions - he still owns the team.
"He really didn't want to comment on the record," said Fox News contributor Jim Gray. "However, the team is not for sale and he will not be selling the team."
But that's unlikely to be the end of it, as the NBA are adamant Sterling will be removed from the league.
Silver said the NBA would look to force a sale of the Clippers to oust Sterling if he does not go voluntarily.
That is actually possible - if Silver can secure a 75 per cent majority opinion among the remaining NBA owners. There's 30 teams in the league, and it's almost certainly the case that Silver would not be this aggressive in removing Sterling if he didn't already have the votes lined up to get rid of him completely.
A three-forth majority among the NBA owners would allow the league to remove Sterling - or any owner - who has acted "in such a way as to affect the [NBA] or its owners adversely."
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