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Texas NBA owners Mark Cuban, Leslie Alexander, and Peter Holt Must Vote for Sale of LA Clippers


by: Joseph Vogas

Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT



Texas NBA owners Mark Cuban (L), Leslie Alexander (C), and Peter Holt (R) have the authority to remove Donald Sterling from the NBA
On Tuesday, his eighty-eighth day on the job as Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver announced the NBA's investigation concluded the racist comments given to TMZ on Saturday was that of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Silver responded quickly and directly, banning Sterling for life from stepping foot on any property of the NBA or the Los Angeles Clippers and fining Sterling the maximum of $2.5 million. Silver went even further, saying he would push the Board of Governors, made up of the NBA's 29 other owners, to vote for the immediate sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The power to remove this vile, racist billionaire from the NBA now partially rests in the hands of Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks, Leslie Alexander of the Houston Rockets, and Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs.

Silver stated in his press conference it will take a three-quarters vote of the remaining owners to force the sale of the Clippers. Many analysts, including the National Basketball Player's Association, expect the vote to remove the Clippers from Sterling's clutches to be unanimous. Vice President of the NBPA Roger Mason Jr. said:

"I haven't heard one owner not support Sterling selling his team. I know a lot of the owners personally from spending time with them in negotiations and I would be shocked if it wasn't unanimous. I think it's going to be unanimous."

However, as any political organizer knows, votes can never be taken for granted. Anything can happen from now until the vote, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban voiced some troubling comments on Monday that may put his vote in doubt.

Read Cuban's troubling statement and a more reassuring statement from Rockets owner Leslie Alexander after the jump.

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Mark Cuban spoke Monday afternoon, raising concerns of the reasoning for removing Sterling for being a racist:

I think there's a [league] constitution for a reason, right? Because this is a very slippery slope. What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent. There's no place for racism in the NBA, any business I'm associated with, and I don't want to be associated with people who have that position.

"But at the same time, that's a decision I make. I think you've got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It's a very, very slippery slope.

"Again, there's no excuse for his positions. There's no excuse for what he said. There's no excuse for anybody to support racism. There's no place for it in our league, but there's a very, very, very slippery slope."

The plan Commissioner Silver has begun to execute would force Mr. Sterling to sell his team rather than have it re-possessed from him, a plan Cuban seems more on board with. During Silver's Tuesday press conference, Cuban tweeted:


It is unclear if Cuban plans to vote for or against forcing a sale of the Clippers, if he was merely concerned of the technicalities of the League's constitution, or if he was just against the League seizing the team from Sterling without restitution.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander made it clear on Monday he wants Sterling out of the NBA even though he doubted owners could just boot Sterling:

I thought that there's got to be a way to disrupt him from owning the team, I gave him the sword to deal with this. I said, 'Let the players become free agents. This kind of behavior can't be allowed in the NBA by owners, players or anybody. This guy has no place in the family of the NBA. Whatever it takes, we have to make sure this kind of event never happens again.

"I mentioned that to Adam (Silver) I don't think he can be removed because the constitution (of the NBA) only allows him to be removed except for gambling. I'm not sure that legally can be done. But if he loses his players, nobody is going to want to go there. He'll only be able to get a player that is worth $2 million and will play for $12 (million.) And who is going to want to coach there? If you're a player in the NBA you don't want to play for somebody like that. If you worked for a company, you would walk away and say, 'I'm gone." I think the players should have that right."

Peter Holt of the Spurs is speculated to be whipping the votes for Commissioner Silver on the question of forcing the sale.

You can follow me on Twitter at @trowaman.



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