Transcript for Donald Sterling Reportedly Battling Cancer
Now, to the latest on the L.A. Clippers. We learned overnight that the owner, Donald sterling, is battling cancer. This, as the other NBA owners take the first steps towards forcing him to sell the team. ABC's Ryan smith is in los Angeles with much more for us this morning. Good morning, Ryan. Reporter: Good morning, robin. It's been one week since the release of the tape of Donald sterling's racist rant heard around the world. And today, the NBA inching closer to a vote on his ouster, Donald sterling's health in question. And two key questions in the air. Overnight, the Los Angeles clippers, stoic in defeat. After nearly a week, mired in controversy. Once that game starts and once we go out for warm-ups, it's not an issue. We're not thinking about it. I'm passed it. We're passed it as a group. Reporter: This, as ESPN reports this morning the 80-year-old sterling has had prostate cancer for an extended period of time. Meanwhile, the NBA taking its first steps to possibly end Donald sterling's ownership of the team. On Thursday, a ten-member committee unanimously agreeing, quote, to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week. And magic Johnson, whose picture with sterling's former companion, V. Stiviano, triggered his racist rant. Don't put him -- Reporter: Still acting coy on whether or not he wants to buy the team. I've been saying no all the time. I think that we'll see what happens. I will be owning an NBA team some time. Reporter: This morning, new details emerging about how the tapes were released. V. Stiviano's attorney telling "The L.A. Times" that she gave copies to a handful of friends for safekeeping. Quote, one of those friends apparently wanted to make money and sold it to TMZ. Stiviano, speeding away in this ferrari, maintains she did not release those tapes. And remember the Los Angeles chapter of the naacp who was set to honor Donald sterling for a second lifetime achievement award for promoting civil rights, their president, Leon Jenkins, resigned yesterday, citing the controversy.
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