NBA Picks Interim CEO for LA Clippers
In new tape, Sterling made racist remarks out of 'jealousy'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 9, 2014 3:51 PM CDT
In this May 10, 2011, file photo, Dick Parsons, chairman of Citigroup, participates in a discussion at the Hooven Dayton Corp. facility in Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio.    (Al Behrman)

(Newser) – The NBA has chosen Dick Parsons, a former Citigroup chairman and former Time Warner chairman and CEO, as interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers. Parsons will oversee the franchise while the league tries to force owner Donald Sterling to sell it following his lifetime ban for making racist remarks. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said today in a statement that Parsons "will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization." With Sterling banned from anything to do with the team or league, and team President Andy Roeser on an indefinite leave of absence, the league and Clippers worked together to find someone to lead the organization along with coach Doc Rivers.

Parsons said he has "been deeply troubled by the pain the Clippers' team, fans and partners have endured," and was "firmly committed" to the NBA's "values and principles." Meanwhile, a voice purported to be Sterling's says on a new tape that he only made racist remarks out of jealousy—because the woman he was talking to liked dating black men, Radar reports. "I'm jealous that she's with other black guys," he says. "...So what the hell, can I in private tell her, you know, 'I don't want you to be with anybody'?" He adds, "Then if the girl tapes it and releases it, my God, it's awful."

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sandrae
May 15, 2014 11:33 PM CDT
Pinch me! Am I dreaming? Since when did some bylaws supersede, override, moot, civil rights and civil liberties in this democratic process of ours that foreigners hop barbed wire fences to be a part of? This is nothing but a "railroad" strategy that has been in the making for some time. There are some lawyers... somewhere... studying this one very carefully. The NBA may wind up having to give up some of that 'power'. Nobody likes what happened, but all the facts are not on the table. Now, here comes someone from Corporate America who is no more than a devoted basketball fan like the rest of us, and he is being handed, on a silver platter, the authority to usurp a sole investor's enterprise just because he has experience in entertainment media. What a sad commentary. Fairness in the game by the players or they are fined. So why is the NBA, whose rules they abide by utilizing "Putin" logic?
geo wells
May 12, 2014 10:37 PM CDT
Meanwhile, a voice purported to be Sterling's says on a new tape that he only made racist remarks out of jealousy—because the woman he was talking to liked dating black men, Radar reports. "I'm jealous that she's with other black guys," he says. "...So what the hell, can I in private tell her, you know, 'I don't want you to be with anybody'?" He adds, "Then if the girl tapes it and releases it, my God, it's awful." ----------------- The spin is in. what better why to start than saying he was jealous of Black men. His comment was just one of passion.
Hammy696969
May 12, 2014 1:10 PM CDT
This dude has no real credentials to be interim CEO of the team. Time to get real and see that this is yet another liberal move at appeasement.