LeBron: No One in Sterling’s Family Should Be an NBA Owner

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After word came down that the National Basketball Association wouldn’t allow Shelly Sterling, wife of controversial Clippers owner Donald Sterling, to maintain control of the franchise if the team owners – who collectively make up the Board of Governors – voted Sterling out of the league, some of the league’s brightest stars weighed in on the issue. Before the Miami Heat’s practice on Monday, LeBron James told ESPN that the feeling shared by NBA players was that they “want what’s right and we don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team.” James included himself in that sentiment.

According to the NBA, Shelly Sterling will be barred from the league because “under the NBA constitution, if a controlling owner’s interest is terminated by a 3/4 vote, all other team owners’ interests are automatically terminated as well. It doesn’t matter whether the owners are related as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team.”

Shelly Sterling granted an interview to ABC’s Barbara Walters, during which she let it be known that she was going to file for divorce “eventually,” and also that she would fight the decision legally if she was barred from ownership. “To be honest with you,” she told Walters, “I’m wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there’s 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?”

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