Oprah To Own The Clippers?


Adelle Platon / May 1, 2014

Move aside, fellas. Oprah may be making a play for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Earlier this week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver ruled that owner Donald Sterling would be banned for life from the league and forced to sell the team following his racist remarks against black people that were reportedly recorded by his ex-girlfriend then leaked to TMZ.

While the entertainment industry’s biggest ballers, from Diddy to Dr. Dre, have made it known that they would gladly pull out their wallets for ownership, Ms. Winfrey is now joining the conversation.

Her rep, Nicole Nichols, said in a statement, “Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available.”

Geffen also told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, “Oprah is not interested in running the team. She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise.

“The team deserves a better group of owners who want to win. Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry’s a sportsman. We’ve talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot.”

Meanwhile, Fox contributor, Jim Gray, says he spoke with Sterling a day after the announcement and that Sterling is not looking to sell the team. Check out ET’s full report below.