NBA set date for Donald Sterling hearing

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The NBA have released a statement today, initiating the process of stripping LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling of the team.

The league have also set dates for both the deadline for appeal by Mr. Sterling and a hearing to be attended by the board of governors.

The NBA statement says:"The charge asserts that Mr. Sterling engaged in conduct that has damaged and continues to damage the NBA and its teams."

The statement then goes on to list the numerous charges against the Clippers owner, many of which were discovered when tapes of Mr. Sterling were leaked by

In addition to their grievances, the league announce that Mr. Sterling has until the 27th of May to appeal the charges against him and that a special hearing will be held on 3rd June.

It is clear by the relatively short period of time until those dates that the NBA are keen to hurry the process of stripping Mr. Sterling of the team.

It had been rumoured that NBA players would consider refusing to play if Sterling was still an owner when the new season starts. Although some of these rumours have since been refuted, it is clear that the players union are unhappy with having Mr. Sterling associated with the league.

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