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NBA begins process to remove Donald Sterling from Clippers, schedules June 3 hearing

Three-fourths of the NBA owners need to vote in favor of Donald Sterling being forced to sell the team in order for it to happen, which could take months. ( Jonathan Alcorn/Getty  Images) The NBA's board of governors will vote on June 3 on whether or not to remove Donald Sterling. (Jonathan Alcorn/Getty Images)

The NBA has announced that is has begun the proceedings necessary to end Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, and that a hearing will take place on June 3 at which the owners will be able to vote to remove Sterling. The league "initiated a charge" against Sterling on Monday based on the evidence gathered against him since the tapes of his racist remarks were released last month.

The charge asserts that Mr. Sterling engaged in conduct that has damaged and continues to damage the NBA and its teams. Among other things, Mr. Sterling disparaged African-Americans and "minorities"; directed a female acquaintance not to associate publicly with African-Americans or to bring African-Americans to Clippers games; and criticized African-Americans for not supporting their communities.
GOLLIVER: Report: NBA to implement centralized instant replay review for 2014-'15 Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the league's claims. The long-time Clipper's owner has previously said he plans to sue to stop the league from stripping him of ownership.

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