The National Basketball Association announced Saturday that a new CEO will be appointed to oversee the Los Angeles Clippers now that owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life for racist remarks he made on a recording that leaked to the press.
Here is the announcement:
The NBA, in consultation with Los Angeles Clippers management, will be appointing a chief executive officer to supervise the team’s operations, it was announced today. Mike Bass, Executive Vice President, Communications, said, “The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization. The process of identifying that individual is underway.”
Nearly two weeks ago, a now infamous recording was leaked to TMZ, which featured a discussion between Sterling and paramour V. Stiviano, in which he admonished her for “broadcasting” that she’s “associating with black people.” Stiviano herself is black and Latina, according to the recording.
Stiviano has defended Sterling, insisting to ABC News that that the 80 year-old billionaire, has shown ”through his actions” that “he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.” Understandably, the team itself disagrees.
The turmoil in the Clippers organization comes as the team itself has turned itself around. Saturday night the defeated the Golden State Warriors to cinch their first round playoff series.