NBA owners took their first concrete step on Thursday towards booting Donald Sterling from their ranks after the disgraced real estate tycoon’s racist remarks.
Hours after the league’s advisory/finance committee held a meeting to discuss NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s recommendation that Sterling be forced to sell the team, reports surfaced that the 80-year-old Sterling is battling cancer.
ESPN.com said Thursday that unnamed sources had confirmed Sterling’s illness, first reported by the New York Post.
On Tuesday, Silver banned Sterling for life from all league activities and fined him $2.5 million over racially charged comments he made to his girlfriend that caused a furor within basketball and beyond after they were aired at the weekend.
“This afternoon the Advisory/Finance Committee met via conference call to discuss the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers,” NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a brief statement.
“The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week.”