Kings owner Vivek Ranadive expects unanimous vote to remove Donald Sterling
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said he expects NBA owners to be united in voting to force Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers.
"The owners I know are all color blind and they found that this behavior was outrageous," Ranadive said Wednesday on Good Morning America. "So I would be surprised if it isn't a unanimous vote."
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million Tuesday for making racist comments in a recorded conversation, said he anticipated getting the support necessary to remove the Clippers' owner. A vote of three-fourths of the Board of Governors (or 23 owners) would be needed to oust Sterling.
All 29 other owners released statements Tuesday supporting Silver's ruling. Ranadive praised Silver for his swift action and said he wasn't concerned about the precedent of punishing an owner for objectionable views expressed in private.
"There are only 30 of these platforms and it's a huge privilege and honor to own an NBA team," said Ranadive, who bought the Kings last year. "We really are just custodians. The team belongs to the fans, to the players, to the city. So I'm perfectly OK with there being a higher standard for us owners."
Ranadive said it was time for Sterling to "step up and do the right thing" by apologizing for his comments, selling the team and donating some of the profits to a good cause. Sterling reportedly said Tuesday that the Clippers aren't for sale.
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