The Donald Sterling information mill never sleeps. This time the news it that prior to TMZ releasing the tape heard ’round the world, Sterling and his henchmen attempted to get rid of the evidence before things blew up.
According to the Times, the NBA accused Sterling and members of the Clippers organization of “destroying evidence relating to the recording, providing false and misleading information to [Chief NBA Investigator David] Anders in connection with the commissioner’s investigation of the recording and issuing a false and misleading public statement on April 26 regarding the authenticity of the TMZ recording.”
The Times reports that Stiviano told Anders that on May 2, Sterling asked her to tell the NBA that she lied about her previous statements and that she had altered Sterling’s voice on the audio recording.
The newspaper also reports that the team’s president, Andy Roeser, was among members of the Clippers organization who knew about the recording before it went public. The NBA alleged that Sterling told Roeser to instruct an employee to delete the recording from a phone with related text messages.
That is my completely shocked, not shocked face. With any and every scandal, if the person in question were given the opportunity to bury the evidence in order to clear themselves in the name of innocence it’d be done. Considering all that Sterling has done in his past, this isn’t a surprise. Had he been able to remove the tape, all of the controversy seen in the last few weeks would be non-existent, allowing the racist owner to continue at his position.
The above blurb also directly explains the removal of Andy Roeser from the role as team president. Upon removal, it was assumed that Roeser was a casualty of Sterling’s mistake as the two were heavily connected, but now it makes complete sense why he took an indefinite leave of absence, presumably being out of a job if/when the NBA removes Donald Sterling from the organization. Dick Parsons was later announced as Roeser’s replacement.
And of course the oh-so innocent Shelly Sterling had a hand in this.
The Times reports that in the 30-page allegation, the NBA alleges that Sterling’s wife, Shelly, and Clippers President Andy Roeser tried to assist the 80-year-old in his bid to avoid responsibility for the recording which has prompted the NBA to ban Sterling for life and try to force him to sell the team.
If true, all of her chances to remain part of the Clippers ownership going forward is zilch.
Its seems the closer and closer we get to a solution, more information is revealed on this matter. When will it end? No one really knows for sure, but this won’t be the last tidbit of information revealed on the matter.