LOS ANGELES — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has issued a new rebuke to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling over his comments about Magic Johnson in an interview.
Sterling repeatedly disparages Magic Johnson’s HIV status and dismisses his business and charity work in an interview that aired Monday with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Sterling apologized in the interview for the racist remarks that earned him a lifetime NBA ban from Silver last month, but when the subject turns to Johnson, Sterling repeatedly refers to Johnson having “AIDS” and says he is no role model for children.
The commissioner’s statement says he apologizes on behalf of the NBA to Johnson, who “continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack.”
INTERIM CEO CONFIDENT OF SALE: The interim CEO hand-picked by the NBA to run the Los Angeles Clippers said Monday he’s confident the league will succeed in forcing a sale of the team owned by Donald Sterling since 1981.
Dick Parsons arrived in Los Angeles and met with management and staff of the Clippers. Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million after recordings of him making racist comments surfaced.
“My personal belief is the league will prevail, which means there will be an ownership change,” Parsons said during a news conference at Staples Center. “A prolonged legal battle is in no one’s interest, certainly not the league’s. I would hope we could avoid that.”
Parsons said he won’t be involved in the ownership fight. He said he’s being paid by the NBA but he doesn’t report to Commissioner Adam Silver or the league’s owners.
COACH BROWN FIRED — AGAIN: In Cleveland, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert felt he made a big mistake when he fired Mike Brown as his coach in 2010.
That didn’t stop him from doing it again.
Brown’s second shot with the Cavs ended Monday after one just one season as Gilbert dismissed the only Cleveland coach who has ever made it to the NBA Finals.
Brown had four years remaining on his $20 million contract. He was fired last year by the Lakers five games into his second season.