ballmer2It appears Steve Ballmer is seriously interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers.

TMZ reported this afternoon that the former Microsoft CEO met with Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelley, on Sunday afternoon to discuss a potential sale of the NBA team.

ESPN reported on Friday that Donald Sterling, who was banned from the NBA on April 29 after making racist comments, will allow his wife to negotiate a deal for the Clippers. The NBA is attempting to force Sterling to relinquish ownership of the team.

Meanwhile, Ballmer’s name has come up as a potential buyer. Along with hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, Ballmer was close to buying the Sacramento Kings franchise one year ago with plans to build a brand new sports arena in Seattle, but the duo ultimately lost out after an NBA committee blocked the $625 million deal. Ballmer was also part of another investment group that tried to keep the Sonics in Seattle in 2008 before the team left for Oklahoma City.

clippers22Ballmer told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month that if he ends up buying the Clippers, he would not move them to Seattle even though he still lives in the Northwest.

“I don’t work anymore, so I have more geographic flexibility than I did a year, year-and-a half ago,” he told the Journal. “Moving them anywhere else would be value destructive.”

Of course, TMZ is a celebrity gossip site and not the most reliable news source. But the website did break the piece of news that started this entire process in the first place when it first reported the audio clip of Sterling’s comments.

Comments

  • Omariafrinet

    FYI MR..PRESIDENT MR STERLING IS NOT “IGNORANT”. HE IS TRUTHFUL AND
    HONEST ABOUT THE PAST AND PRESENT US POLITICAL ECONOMIC SOCIAL SYSTEM
    AND MOST IMPORTANT PAST AND PRESENT “US WHITE SUPREMACY”/ BLACK LABOR
    CULTURE!! “THE KING HAS NO CLOTHES”
    Mr. Sterling is a typical
    “EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL BUSINESS MAN” operating on the land PIRATED
    FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPED BY AFRICAN:”SLAVE LABOR” THROUGH
    GENOCIDAL TERRORISM !!!! LIKE HIS FELLOW EURO DESCENDANT BANKERS, MOVIE
    EXECUTIVES. INDUSTRIALISTS, POLITICIANS, CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT,
    EVANGELICAL AND OTHER “WHITE JESUS” RELIGIOUS LEADERS. The “WHITE
    SUPREMACY COURT” has ruled in the DRED SCOTT CASE THAT “A BLACK MAN HAS
    NO RIGHTS A WHITE MAN IS BOUND TO RESPECT”? What is new???? “THE MORE
    THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME”??? IT IS TIME THE AFRICAN
    AMERICAN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS FORM AND CONTROL THEY OWN
    MULTI- ETHNIC LEAGUES AND THEN MERGE WITH THE NBA AND NFL!!!!!
    PLANTATIONS SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN JUST “WHITE” OWNERS IN 2014 FORWARD OR
    THE BLACK HORSES DON’T RUN!!!!…………….. TALENT EQUALS
    CONTROL.??????? FOR THE SAKE OF JUSTICE YOU CAN THROW IN $$$TRILLIONS
    FOR “REPAIRATIONS” (REPARATIONS) 400 YEARS OF UNPAID BLACK “SLAVE LABOR”
    BEFORE THE NBA AND NFL!!!!!!!! YES, YES, YES JUSTICE AND AN END TO
    ECONOMIC APARTHEID!!!! Omari Tahir FOUNDER African American Heritage
    Museum and Culture Center and AFRICATOWN SEATTLE (SUPER SONICS).

    • Mike

      I think your caps lock key is stuck. Just like using a megaphone in someones face, nobody will take you seriously if you shout. Using all uppercase letters in a post Online is the same as using a megaphone in the face of an individual. You only look like a fool when you do it. If you’d like to make a point and influence the thoughts and minds of others, you need to do it with respect for everyone you wish to influence.

  • Guest

    Nice! Donald Sterling’s hateful bloviation just earned Seattle her next basketball team. Thank you for jumping at the opportunity, Mr. Ballmer.

  • Paul Uhlir

    Ballmer told the Wall Street Journal earlier
    this month that if he ends up buying the Clippers, he would not move
    them to Seattle even though he still lives in the Northwest.” Just like Clay Clay told us. I love it. Go get em and bring em up here to Seattle Ballmer.

  • Omariafrinet

    BILL GATES, PAUL ALLEN AND STEVE BALLMER, are all cut from the same cloth!!! I was arguing with Mary Gates, (Bill Gates mother) when she was on the Board of Regents at the University of Washington about divesting from businesses doing business with APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA? When I sued the URBAN LEAGUE LEECHES about their neo-colonial take over and subversion of positive youth activities, Bill Gates dad (Bill Gates Sr.) turned up as their Lawyer. The BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, provided the seed money for the 36 CONDOS AND FAKE “NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM” (NAAM). YES, “NAAM IS A SCAM”. the URBAN LEAGUE LEECHES then went bust with their neo-colonial take over of the “SMALL BUSINESS /CONTRACTOR’S RESOURCE CENTER”. So this is my response to the DONALD STERLING CLIPPERS PLANTATION EXPOSURE AND BILL GATES AND PAUL ALLEN’S MICRSOFT PARTNER STEVE BALLMERS PURCHASE OF THE LA CLIPPER PLANTATION FOR 2 BILLION DOLLARS($ 2,OOO,OOO,OOO)?

    FYI
    ARE WE CRAZZZZZZY????? STEVE BALLMER’S 2 BILLION COULD END ALL HOMELESSNESS IN SEATTLE? WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT ANOTHER WHITE PLANTATION OWNER WITH “BLACK LABOR”?? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STERLINGS, STEVEN BALLMER OR BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON OWNING THE LA CLIPPERS PLANTATION??? IF AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE 80% OF THE NBA AND 99% OF TOP BASKETBALL PLAYERS, WHY ARE NO BASKETBALL TALENT WHITES THE TEAM / PLANTATION OWNERS? YES ECONOMIC APARTHEID / PLANTATION POLITICS (HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS) IS STILL OPERATIVE!!!!! THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, Omari Tahir

    FYI
    MR..PRESIDENT MR STERLING IS NOT “IGNORANT”. HE IS TRUTHFUL AND HONEST
    ABOUT THE PAST AND PRESENT US POLITICAL ECONOMIC SOCIAL SYSTEM AND MOST
    IMPORTANT PAST AND PRESENT “US WHITE SUPREMACY”/ BLACK LABOR CULTURE!!
    “THE KING HAS NO CLOTHES”
    Mr.
    Sterling is a typical “EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL BUSINESS MAN”
    operating on the land PIRATED FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPED BY
    AFRICAN:”SLAVE LABOR” THROUGH GENOCIDAL TERRORISM !!!! LIKE HIS FELLOW
    EURO DESCENDANT BANKERS, MOVIE EXECUTIVES. INDUSTRIALISTS, POLITICIANS,
    CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, EVANGELICAL AND OTHER “WHITE JESUS” RELIGIOUS
    LEADERS. The “WHITE SUPREMACY COURT” has ruled in the DRED SCOTT CASE
    THAT “A BLACK MAN HAS NO RIGHTS A WHITE MAN IS BOUND TO RESPECT”? What
    is new???? “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME”??? IT
    IS TIME THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS STOP
    “PLAYING AS VICTIMS”,,,, FORM AND CONTROL THEIR OWN MULTI- ETHNIC
    LEAGUES AND THEN MERGE WITH THE NBA AND NFL!!!!! PLANTATIONS SHOULD HAVE
    MORE THAN JUST “WHITE” OWNERS IN 2014 FORWARD OR THE BLACK HORSES DON’T
    RUN!!!!…………….. TALENT EQUALS CONTROL.??????? FOR THE SAKE OF
    JUSTICE YOU CAN THROW IN $$$TRILLIONS FOR “REPAIRATIONS”
    (REPARATIONS) 400 YEARS OF UNPAID BLACK “SLAVE LABOR” BEFORE THE NBA
    AND NFL!!!!!!!! YES, YES, YES JUSTICE AND AN END TO ECONOMIC
    APARTHEID!!!! Omari Tahir FOUNDER African American Heritage Museum and
    Culture Center and AFRICATOWN SEATTLE (SUPER SONICS).

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