Although in a recent interview with TMZ, she denied thinking about buying the LA Clippers, it appears as though Ms. Winfrey wasn’t being entirely honest. It seems that Oprah needed a bit of help and has since joined leagues with two other billionaires – because they have more money than her.
With the likes of music mogul David Geffen, valued at $6.2 billion, and software provider Larry Ellison, who worth about $49.5 billion, it would appear that nothing could stand in the way of the dream team’s goals. Taking Oprah’s $2.9 billion into account the three have set their sights on the LA Clippers amongst the racial controversy.
Although Sterling has since announced that he would in no way be selling the team he acquired for a cool $12 mill back in 1982. However, in the face of adversity, 22 of the other 29 NBA team owners are set to vote on whether or not Sterling will be allowed to keep his team.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has also explained, “’I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him”
Last week a recording was released of Sterling that showed how he truly felt as he explained his wishes that his girlfriend not publicly interact with black men. Since that time, Sterling was hit with an overall ban from the NBA and fined $2.5 million for his private conversation.
Although initially denied, the three team owner hopefuls remain constant in their desire. Hoping that Sterling will be effectively squeezed out by other NBA team owners, Oprah’s spokeswoman shared with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, that she is, “in discussions with D. Geffen and L. Ellison to make a bid for the LA Clippers should the team become available.”
Estimates reveal that Sterling could receive upwards of $780 million for the team – which would most certainly allow him to finish off his days in luxurious comfort without the added hassle of the public.
Following the interview, Schapp posted to Twitter, “Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry’s a sportsman, we’ve talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot.”
Of course, just having to throw the racial aspect of the team out there, Geffen explains, “She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own (another) franchise.”
So what do you guys think – does the NBA have the right to force Sterling to sell his team over what is covered under the First Amendment? Let us know by leaving a comment below.