NBA to Appoint CEO to Supervise Los Angeles Clippers

By Katie Lyons

Sat May 3rd, 2014 6:16pm America/Los_Angeles

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 on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to Stiviano. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive." (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA said Saturday it will appoint a chief executive officer to supervise the Los Angeles Clippers’ operations.

On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for racist comments made on an audio recording, fined him $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team.

“The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization,” Mike Bass, the NBA executive vice president of communications, said in a statement. “The process of identifying that individual is underway.”

The decision was welcomed by Sterling’s wife, Rochelle, who said she was fully committed to making the Clippers the best team in the NBA.

“I spoke with Commissioner Adam Silver this week to tell him that I fully supported his recent swift and decisive action,” Rochelle Sterling said.

“We also agreed at that time that, as a next step, both the league and the team should work together to find some fresh, accomplished executive leadership for the Clippers. I welcome his active involvement in the search for a person of the utmost character, proven excellence and a commitment to promoting equality and inclusiveness.”

A forced sale would require approval of three-fourths of the league’s owners.

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