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NBA Union VP: LeBron James will not play if Donald Sterling remains Clippers owner

“No Sterling deserves to be an owner of that franchise any longer,” said Roger Mason Jr.


Prachi Gupta
May 14, 2014 7:28PM (UTC)

Though the NBA took a strong stand against racism when it banned Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million, the billionaire, caught saying many, many racist things, remains the owner of the Clippers until and unless a majority of the the NBA owners force him out. And even if that happens, his wife, Shelly Sterling, has said that the Clippers will remain in the Sterling family. These facts have not eluded four-time NBA MVP player LeBron James, who has reportedly said that if the Sterlings still own the Clippers next year, he's going to stay off the court.

In a teaser for "Jim Rome on Showtime," which airs tonight, Rome asked former Miami Heat player and current vice president of the National Basketball Players Association Roger Mason Jr. if "you think [James] would not play if Sterling were still in there when the season started."

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"I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about this," Mason told Rome. "He ain't playing if Sterling is still the owner."

Of course, if James goes, others in the league will, too. And there's no room for either of the Sterlings, as far as Mason is concerned. “No Sterling deserves to be an owner of that franchise any longer,” Mason continued. “And I’ve gone down the line from LeBron to the other guys in the league that I’ve talked to and they all feel the same way. There’s no place for that family in the NBA.”

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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