The Donald Sterling controversy seemed to be put to rest on Tuesday afternoon, when NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced, per ESPN.com, that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life over racist comments he made in recordings released by TMZ last Friday.
Not only did Sterling receive a lifetime ban, but the league office will fine him $2.5 million and pressure him to sell the team to outside interests.
The Clippers came out to a raucous home crowd on Tuesday evening and defeated the Golden State Warriors in an emotional Game 5. They now have a chance to eliminate the Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday night.
Jack wants a league-wide player boycott—starting now and continuing into next season—if the Clippers haven’t changed hands by October. In speaking with radio station 95.7 The Game on Thursday, he revealed his plan for a long-term boycott (via Yahoo! Sports' Kelly Dwyer):
The thing I would propose is that nobody plays another game for the Clippers as long as that man is in control period point blank. And we don't play another game until that man is removed. It's not a Clipper issue, it's a league issue and we should all take a stance on it.
Clearly, Jack is not satisfied with the current state of affairs. But he might be waiting a long time until Sterling actually sells.
Per the NBA's Official Constitution and By-Laws, Sterling has 30 days to pay the $2.5 million fine levied by the league office. If he fails to do so, that in itself is grounds for his removal by NBA's board of directors.
According to CNN's Rachel Nichols, the NBA's Advisory Committee is prepared to move forward with the process of ending Sterling's ownership:
But Sterling isn't likely to go down without a fight, given his history. Per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt:
Sterling, a lawyer and real estate tycoon, is not afraid of the court room. Though he's no longer allowed in NBA facilities and cannot make decisions for the team for the rest of his life, he could launch a legal battle. Remember, this is the owner who moved the Clippers from San Diego to Los Angeles without the league's consent.
Jack's proposal is certainly admirable, but Sterling could conceivably stay in charge of the Clippers for years. He seems to be the kind of guy who would relish a long, protracted fight to keep the team he's owned for more than three decades.
In other words, we won't be seeing Jarrett Jack's proposed indefinite Clippers boycott any time soon.
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