Magic Johnson is allegedly interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers from their “racist” owner Donald Sterling, if the shamed mogul is forced to sell.
Johnson is currently in the centre of a racist scandal that involves Sterling, after the Clippers owner declared that his girlfriend couldn’t attend one of their games with an African-American, before specifically naming Magic.
Because of these archaic and downright disgusting comments, Sterling’s future with the NBA outfit looks bleak, and almost every single expert, critic and casual fan who has heard his remarks wants him ostracized from the sport.
This is where Johnson comes in. The NBA legend has a long history of buying up Los Angeles sports teams. He previously bought a share of the LA Dodgers, and he also recently saved a local women’s WNBA team after they were almost forced to close.
A source has since told Yahoo News that Johnson is now “absolutely interested” in adding an NBA franchise to his portfolio. “This is 100 percent Magic’s plan,” the anonymous source told the website.
If Johnson were to purchase the Clippers, he would do so alongside his billionaire backers, the Guggenheim Partners, who have helped him complete his previous transactions over the last few years.
During an interview with ESPN, Bill Simmons also proposed that Johnson should buy the Clippers, which simply brought a hearty laugh from the much-loved athlete. “I’m trying to bring the NFL back to LA,” Johnson replied.
Sterling bought the Clippers for $12 million back in 1981. However, the team IS now believed to be worth between $500 million and $1 billion.
Meanwhile, almost every single league owner wants Sterling out of the sport, but a member of the NBA’s Board of Governors told Yahoo Sports over the weekend that it could be a tricky process. However, if they’re unable to make Sterling leave his position under the current regulations, the insider proclaimed that they must change the rules in order to do so.
“If the owners can’t force [Sterling] to sell, they need to be held accountable to change the bylaws so they can,” he declared. “A fine and suspension is meaningless, and that’ll be seen as a lack of acceptance that the league and owners are responsible for this ass****.”
After Sterling’s comments became public, a clearly emotional Johnson, who has admitted to being somewhat friendly with Sterling since he arrived in Los Angeles in the late 1970s, declared that he “shouldn’t be an owner anymore.”
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