After Tuesday’s announcement of the ban and fine imposed on LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, rumors are continuing to fly as NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver expressed in his statement that is pushing for a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers team.
While many have been speculating that Magic Johnson will jump into the ring, it seems that there is a new suitor for the team, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. During a conversation in the VIP Lounge of the MGM Grand, Mayweather expressed that he is very serious about his interest and has spoken with his adviser, Al Haymon, about teaming with Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe, Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer and possibly others to make a bid for the Clippers.
“I called Al today about that to see if me, Leonard and Al, and hopefully Richard and a couple of other guys, a couple other of my billionaire guys, we can come together and see what we can come up with,” Mayweather said. “Hopefully, we can do it, and it’s not just talk.
“With me, I can’t come in talking about Mayweather only gonna get 3 percent, 4 percent. I got to get a solid percentage. Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes, we do. We are very, very interested in buying the Clippers. We’ll keep the Clippers right where they’re at. When I’m not boxing, I’m at the games all the time. We do want to buy the Clippers. Me and my team do want to buy the Clippers and we can afford the Clippers.”
Who knows about the seriousness of Mayweather being an owner, but there are others that also might throw their hat in the ring like Billionaire and former music and film mogul David Geffen; Magic Johnson, Mark Walter and their Guggenheim Partners group; Patrick Soon-Shiong, the biotech billionaire; or Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.