This has not been Donald Sterling’s year. The disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner was banned from the NBA for life this week after his racist rants were recorded and sold to gossip tabloid TMZ.com. And now comes word that the billionaire octogenarian has been battling prostate cancer for years.
A friend of Sterling’s revealed one of the reasons the NBA may not have acted earlier to sever their ties with him. “They thought he would die two years ago,” said the source. “People have been predicting his imminent demise. I’m sure he has the best .?.?. drugs money can buy,” said the source, who works closely with pro sports teams. “He can do anything to keep himself alive.”
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“People have been predicting his imminent demise. I’m sure he has the best .?.?. drugs money can buy,” said the source, who works closely with pro sports teams. “He can do anything to keep himself alive.”
The source said some of the medication Sterling has been taking is responsible for the puffy appearance of his face.
Another source said Sterling, 80, was specifically suffering from prostate cancer.In related news, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP tendered his resignation yesterday after revealing he “ignored” Sterling’s racism for years because the billionaire donated millions of dollars to the NAACP.
In an ironic twist, Sterling refused to pay for prostate-cancer surgery a decade ago for then-Clippers assistant coach Kim Hughes.
“I contacted the Clippers about medical coverage and they said the surgery wouldn’t be covered,” Hughes told The Journal Times of Racine, Wis., in 2011.
“They said if they did it for one person, they’d have to do it for everybody else.”
Four Clippers players chipped in to cover the $70,000 cost.