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Donald Sterling controversy

On April 25, TMZ posted an audio recording in which Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling told companion V. Stiviano he didn’t want to see her around African Americans. His rant followed Stiviano’s posting on Instagram of a photo in which she posed with former Lakers great Magic Johnson.

Days later, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million, banned him from the league for life and asked fellow owners to jettison their longest-tenured colleague.

Here is some of The Times' coverage.

  • The NBA in 2014: Donald Sterling exits, Steve Ballmer arrives

    The NBA in 2014: Donald Sterling exits, Steve Ballmer arrives

    A review of the NBA in the year 2014. The highs • Waving goodbye to "The Donald." Months of chaos commenced with the text message "Let the games began" aimed at Clippers owner Donald Sterling by V. Stiviano, his estranged companion who surreptitiously recorded him making disparaging comments about...

  • Steve Ballmer's Clippers purchase: Don't write off tax-break potential

    Steve Ballmer's Clippers purchase: Don't write off tax-break potential

    Baseball fans remember Bill Veeck mostly for his bizarre stunts. The maverick team owner once signed a player with dwarfism, then sent the 3-foot-7 batter to the plate to draw a walk. Another time, he let the crowd hold up placards to dictate in-game strategies to the manager. But there is a legacy...

  • Clippers President Gillian Zucker seen as good fit for team on upswing

    Clippers President Gillian Zucker seen as good fit for team on upswing

    Gillian Zucker isn't easily intimidated. When Dale Earnhardt Jr. once attributed sagging auto racing attendance in Southern California to a Hollywood crowd that "could care less," the motorsports executive zinged the famed NASCAR driver. "I don't tell him how to drive his car," Zucker said at the...

  • Donald Sterling wants to question Adam Silver in suit against NBA

    Donald Sterling wants to question Adam Silver in suit against NBA

    Donald Sterling wants to question NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and V. Stiviano in the former Clippers owner’s federal antitrust lawsuit against the league. A filing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles outlined 18 witnesses Sterling may call in the case, including his wife, Shelly, retired...

  • Steve Ballmer opens a new window as Clippers' enthusiastic owner

    Steve Ballmer opens a new window as Clippers' enthusiastic owner

    Steve Ballmer delivered many lessons this fall to the 80 students who squeezed their way into his much-anticipated class at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Never forget, the former Microsoft chief executive told them, that at the heart of every successful company there beats a compelling...

  • Gov. Brown signs law banning tax write-offs for pro sports fines

    Gov. Brown signs law banning tax write-offs for pro sports fines

    Professional sports team owners will no longer be able to write-off league penalties from their taxes under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill was inspired by the record $2.5-million fine levied by the National Basketball Assn. on then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling,...

  • Bidding for Clippers was 'like speed dating'

    Bidding for Clippers was 'like speed dating'

    The billionaire suitors came one after another, pulling up to the beachfront mansion just steps up the coast from the exclusive Malibu Colony. A lucky few had been asked to meet with Shelly Sterling — the Clippers were for sale. Steve Ballmer visited first, on the Sunday before Memorial Day. Afterward,...

  • Experts puzzle over $2-billion bid for Clippers

    Experts puzzle over $2-billion bid for Clippers

    Steve Ballmer's $2-billion offer for the Los Angeles Clippers — nearly four times the record sale for an NBA team — has experts puzzling over how the former Microsoft chief plans to make any money on the deal. But Ballmer, with a net worth estimated at about $20 billion, may have little need for...

  • High bidder Steve Ballmer aims to right the Clippers' ship

    High bidder Steve Ballmer aims to right the Clippers' ship

    The NBA announced that the sale of the Clippers was all but done Friday, and billionaire technology magnate Steve Ballmer said he is ready to pull the franchise out of chaos and "live out the dream and make this kind of America's team." The former Microsoft chief executive, who bid a record $2...

  • Lawsuit: Donald Sterling vs. the NBA

    Lawsuit: Donald Sterling vs. the NBA

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