Steve Ballmer has just purchased the LA Clippers from accused racist Donald Sterling, and sources have revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that the players are totally ‘ecstatic’ over their new owner.
On May 30, it was announced that Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, purchased the LA Clippers from Donald Sterling for a whopping $2 billion. With his estimated wealth a reported $20.7 billion, however, it’s a drop in the bucket, and his new players are “ecstatic” to have him on board, a source close to the players revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Find out why below!
Steve Ballmer: LA Clippers ‘Are Now Convinced That A Championship Is Very Close’
“Everyone from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to coach Doc Rivers are ecstatic over the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer,” our source revealed. “They are now convinced that a championship is very close to being a reality now that they can focus on basketball with an owner who is out to be a success for years to come.”
Donald was often criticized for being a cheapskate; he wasn’t willing to pay enough for good players despite the fact that he clearly had the money. Not only did he have immense personal wealth, but the Clippers have become such an enormously lucrative franchise — despite him — that it made no sense for him to be so cheap; it only served to show how little he truly cared for the team that he owned for so many years.
Donald Sterling: Banned From The NBA For Life
And, obviously, he was a huge racist profiting off of the success of the people that he so looked down upon.
It was known for years that Donald was racist, but the recorded conversation between himself and then-girlfriend, V. Stiviano — in which he told her that he didn’t want black people at his games — was damning enough that Adam Silver, commissioner for the NBA, banned Donald from games for life as well as handed down a hefty (for most people) $2.5 million fine.
How do you think Steve Ballmer will fare as the new owner of the LA Clippers, HollywoodLifers? Are you as optimistic as the team? Let us know!
— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Amanda Michelle Steiner