Statement: NBA "Initiates Charge" To Remove Donald Sterling As Clippers Owner

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The NBA and commissioner Adam Silver are earnestly preparing themselves for the task of removing Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Per Jeff Caplan of, with the Clippers eliminated from the 2014 NBA playoffs, the NBA is now expediting the process required to oust Sterling from his position:

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, a hearing involving the 29 other NBA owners will be held just a couple weeks from today:

While the league will undoubtedly use the content of the original audio recordings of Sterling's racist rant as their main evidence against the exiled owner, they may also use his interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper as secondary evidence:

With special thanks to Marc Stein of, here's a full transcript of the NBA's statement released earlier today:

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