Report: Donald Sterling signed moral, ethical contracts with NBA

first_imgAccording to a statement from Mike Bass, the league’s executive vice president of communications, the committee held a conference call to review the ongoing search for a new CEO. The committee was also updated on meetings between NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and Clippers employees, and “addressed the process and timing” of Donald Sterling being terminated as the team’s owner.The committee, which is chaired by Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, will reconvene next week. A week after handing down a lifetime ban, the NBA’s strategy to oust Donald Sterling is starting to take shape.According to USA Today, the league will rely on moral and ethical contracts that the Clippers owner signed in the past — arguing that his racist comments constituted a violation of those terms.A source told USA Today those contracts stipulate the 80-year-old Sterling cannot express views or take actions detrimental to the NBA.The NBA could then rely on Article 13(d) of its constitution, which states that owners who “fail or refuse to fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association, its Members, Players, or any other third party in such a way as to affect the Association or its Members adversely” may be terminated by a majority three-fourths vote. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Commissioner Adam Silver said he was confident he would get the vote, though Sterling could drag the case out in court. If those moral and ethical contracts stand up, however, then the league may have a stronger legal standing to force him out and subsequently clean up the stain he has left on the franchise.The league made that constitution public for the first time shortly after banning Sterling for life last week — less than four days after TMZ first posted audio of the Clippers owner telling V. Stiviano, a female friend, not to associate with African-Americans on Instagram or to bring them to his games.Since then, the NBA has progressed slowly in trying to force him to sell the franchise — no doubt wary of Sterling’s reputation for litigation.One step was removing longtime team president Andy Roeser, who had been in charge of the team’s day-to-day operations after Sterling was banned. Roeser first joined the franchise in 1984 and had been considered Sterling’s right-hand man. He took an indefinite leave of absence starting Tuesday, as announced in a league news release.The NBA’s advisory-finance committee met Wednesday to discuss the status of the Clippers, the league said in a statement.last_img