Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Banned

Posted on May 21, 2014 by

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Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is in the news for all the wrong reasons.

He was fined by the NBA for about $2.5 million and was slapped with a lifetime ban from all games after making racist comments to his 31-year-old girlfriend over the phone. Sterling is 80 years old and is currently married.

Sterling’s girlfriend posted a picture on Instagram with hall of famer Magic Johnson. Sterling was not too happy about it. He recently bought her a $1.8 million dollar home, a Ferrari, two Bentleys, and a Range Rover.

Sterling was born on 26 April 26 as Donald Tokowitz. He went to California State University, Los Angeles, and graduated in the class of 1956. Afterword, he went to law school and graduated in 1960.

He began his real estate career when buying a 26-apartment complex in Beverly Hills. Then he also bought the Lesser Towers. He renamed them the Sterling Towers, and now they are called Sterling International Towers.

Sterling bought the Clippers for $12.5 million in 1981. Now his team is estimated to be worth $575 million.

In 1984, Sterling moved the San Diego Clippers to Los Angeles. He did not have the move approved by the NBA, which fined him $25 million. Donald sued the NBA for $100 million but removed it because the NBA reduced his fine to $6 million.

Sterling was called the worst owner in sports by The New York Times and Forbes Magazine. Sporting News named him “one of the worst owners in basketball for decades.”

“I think it’s very fair and bad what he did,” English teacher Andy Good said.

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