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Report: NBA had Donald Sterling sign multiple ethics contracts over the years

The NBA is looking to force Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) The NBA is looking to force Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

The NBA is intending to use multiple contracts with moral and ethical clauses in them that Donald Sterling has signed over his 33 years as an owner in the league to help force the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

An anonymous source familiar with the league's preparations told Zilgitt the contracts will be used in addition to the NBA's constitution to build a case that Sterling should no longer be allowed to own an NBA team.

Language in those contracts prevent Sterling from expressing views or taking actions that are detrimental to the league, the person said.

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The NBA's executive vice president of communications Mike Bass announced on Wednesday that thefinance-advisory committee met recently to discuss what the necessary next steps were in the transition of the Clippers franchise.

"The Committee reviewed the status of the search for a new CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, was updated on meetings held this week between NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and Clippers employees, and addressed the process and timing regarding the termination of Mr. Sterling's ownership of the team."

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Sterling has already been banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million for his racist comments during a recorded conversation.

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