Owners meet, hope to move quickly on Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA owners’ advisory/finance committee has held its first meeting about Donald Sterling and is committed to ending his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers “as expeditiously as possible.”

The 10-member committee held a conference call Thursday to discuss “the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers,” the league says in a statement.

Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million Tuesday for making racist comments. Silver said he also would urge owners to force Sterling to sell.

The committee plans to meet again next week.

The following statement was issued by Mike Bass, Executive Vice President, Communications, regarding Thursday’s meeting of the NBA Advisory/Finance Committee:

“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. The Committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week.”

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