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Sterling charges for false evidence

Friday, May 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES - Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA would not grant Donald Sterling an extension, confident they will be able to force the Los Angeles Clippers' owner to sell the team.

After banning Sterling for life from the NBA over racist comments, Silver said he had the full support of other owners.

On Monday, the NBA released a summary of the charges they plan to use to force the embattled Sterling and his wife, Shelly, to part with the club they have owned since 1981.

Silver set a hearing on the matter for June 3 where both parties will be able to provide evidence to support their cases. He has given Sterling until May 27 to respond to the charges which includes damaging the league by making racist comments against African-Americans. Sterling had asked for a three-month delay in the hearing.

The Sterling controversy began last month when the American gossip website TMZ released an audio clip of Sterling telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, that she should not bring black people to Clippers games.

In the weeks that followed, the NBA banned Sterling from the league and fined him $US2.5 million ($A2.70 million). The league then appointed interim chief executive Dick Parsons to run the Clippers.

Silver said he would urge fellow owners to force Sterling, who says he won't pay the $US2.5 million ($A2.70 million) fine, to sell the team.

Meanwhile, the league also alleges Sterling tried to cover up the scandal, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday night.

The NBA has charged Sterling with six counts, including destroying evidence and giving "false and misleading evidence" to the NBA's chief investigator, the newspaper reported.

"The billionaire owner wanted her to tell the league investigators that the voice on the recording was not his and that she altered the recording," the Times reported.

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