NBA VP Roger Mason says that the players ... as in, all of them ... were prepared to boycott tonight's NBA postseason games if Sterling wasn't dealt with.
NBPA vice president Roger Mason Jr., says players were ready to boycott if Donald Sterling wasn't banned - ESPN
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Sterling, an attorney, is regarded as one of the most litigious owners in professional sports.3. Lack of 'morals clause'. Article 13 lists a series of enumerated wrongs, some of which are specific but none of which seem directly relevant to an owner whose racism expressed in a private conversation sparks national outrage. Some owners might argue that if the NBA wanted ouster as a remedy for a situation like this one, the constitution and bylaws' drafters would have included it. Along those lines, there is no "morals clause" in these documents that empowers the ousting an NBA owner. The absence of a morals clause, in contrast to the inclusion of other provisions, could suggest that such a clause was intentionally omitted.These tax considerations make it more likely that Sterling will fight the NBA to hold onto the Clippers. Even if he ultimately loses a legal battle, the process of losing could take years to play out in court. At the risk of sounding macabre, Sterling may be motivated to wage a protracted legal battle in order to keep the team for as long as he lives.
Donald Sterling, NBA set for epic legal fight over Clippers - NBA - Michael McCann - SI.com
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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK