Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, banned for life by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday in response to racist comments made in a recorded conversation, is battling prostate cancer, according to the New York Post.
Meanwhile, the NBA owners' advisory/finance committee held its first meeting about the 80-year-old Sterling and is committed to ending his ownership of the Clippers "as expeditiously as possible." The 10-member committee held a conference call Thursday to discuss "the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," the league said in a statement. It will try to force the controversial owner to sell the franchise.
Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million for the comments to be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the Players Association. Silver said Sterling acknowledged it was him speaking on the audio tape released last weekend by TMZ and Deadspin.
Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP resigned Thursday following scrutiny of his decision to give Sterling an award for promoting civil rights. Jenkins had planned to present Sterling with a "lifetime achievement award" later this month. Jenkins rescinded that offer after the recording surfaced. He wrote in a letter that "in order to separate the Los Angeles NAACP and the NAACP from the negative exposure I have caused the NAACP, I respectfully resign my position."
The national NAACP said it is "developing guidelines for its branches to help them in their award selection process."
Sterling has faced federal charges of civil rights violations and racial discrimination in past business dealings.