He's Had Enough: Sterling Reportedly Selling the L.A. Clippers
He's throwing in the towel! According to a report, disgraced NBA owner Donald Sterling may be offloading the L.A. Clippers for as much as $2 billion.
"It's a really stunning reversal, because everyone who's ever known Donald Sterling, covered Donald Sterling, never thought that he would go quietly," said ESPN.com reporter Ramona Shelburne.
Sterling, at the center of a firestorm for the last month over racist comments to his lady friend V. Stiviano, has agreed under pressure to allow his wife Shelly to negotiate the sale of the team, according to ESPN.
Sterling had previously indicated he would fight to hold onto the Clippers, despite being banned from games for life by the NBA.
Karrine Steffans, a friend of V. Stiviano, reacted to Sterling’s turnaround, telling INSIDE EDITION, "He's bad for business. So he has to go. He's not going willingly. He's going kicking and screaming but what else is he going to do?"
Meanwhile, there's fierce reaction to the controversial comments about racial prejudice made by Dallas Mavericks basketball owner Mark Cuban.
Speaking at an Inc. magazine forum, Cuban was asked about the Sterling scandal. Cuban admitted he is not free from bigotry.
"If I see a black kid in a hoodie at night on the same side of teh street, I'm probably going to walk to the other side of the street," said Cuban. "If I see a white guy with a shaved head and lots of tattoos, I'm going back to the other side of the street."
Cuban added that it was wrong to judge people based on stereotypes. Reaction has been mixed.
"I hesitate because anytime you bring up race- whether you're black or white, whatever- everyone says you're playing the race card," said Good Morning America's Robin Roberts. "You can have a discussion about it and you're not a racist for bringing up the topic."
Many felt Cuban's “hoodie” reference was insensitive in view of the controversy over Trayvon Martin's death.
Cuban, who also appears on Shark Tank, later apologized to Trayvon's parents, tweeting, "In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn't consider the Trayvon Martin family and I apologize to them for that."
But he is standing by his other comments.