Unless you’ve been living under a super-sized rock you’ll know that Donald Sterling, owner of The Los Angeles Clippers and pretty much a confirmed racist, was banned from the NBA for life this week after incriminating audio surfaced of him making negative remarks about African Americans.
And while he still technically owns the team, he’s under heavy pressure to sell it. So LA being LA, some major Hollywood heavy-hitters are eyeing that sweet, sweet spot. Or maybe they just want to hang out with Blake Griffin?
Whatever the case, ESPN is reporting that Oprah Winfrey (Yes, OPRAH WINFREY) is considering a joint bid for the team along with fellow billionaires David Geffen and Larry Ellison.
“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,” Winfrey spokeswoman Nicole Nichols said in a statement.
And if you’ve been following the story, you’ll know that Oprah has not shied away from giving her two cents. When TMZ Sports caught up with her yesterday in NYC, she said, “We’re off the plantation! The plantation days are over!” So that pretty much seals it right?
But Winfrey wouldn’t be the first A-Lister to dabble in sports ownership—Justin Timberlake is a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, Bill Maher has a minority stake in the New York Mets and it’s well known that Jay Z is personally responsible for bringing the Nets to Brooklyn.
So is Oprah the new Jay Z? Only time will tell!
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