On the heels of one of the biggest NBA scandals of all time, Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly announced on Thursday that former Microsoft chief executive, Steve Ballmer will buy the Los Angeles Clippers for a whopping $2 billion.
While on the red carpet for Afrika Fifty6’s benefit concert for “Our Girls of Nigeria,” HipHollywood caught up with Clippers player, Matt Barnes to get his reaction on the big news.
“I think it’s good. It was an unfortunate situation and I think Adam Silver did a good job of cleaning it up and doing it right,” he told us.
Barnes’ wife, Gloria also shared her reaction, telling us that she was excited when she heard the Clippers were being sold.
“The Clippers and the whole organization and the NBA as an association is just really read to move forward,” she told us. “I think they are heading in the right direction to rename the team. I think this entire scandal really just hurt the whole league and the Clippers chances to move forward. I think that everybody is ready to move forward and start a new season fresh.”
In April, Donald Sterling came under fire for making disparaging and racist remarks about Black people which was released in its entirety. NBA commissioner, Adam Silver later announced to the nation that Donald will no longer be associated with the NBA and that he was banned from the association for life. Silver also shared that he was going to do everything in his power to get Sterling to sell the team.
“I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner,” Shelly said in a statement. “We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success.”
Ballmer also released a statement, reassuring fans that the Clippers will remain in Los Angeles.
“I love basketball and I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win — and win big — in Los Angeles. L.A. is one of the world’s great cities — a city that embraces inclusiveness, in exactly the same way that the NBA and I embrace inclusiveness. I am confident that the Clippers will in the coming years become an even bigger part of the community.”
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