LeBron James Won't Play Next Season if Donald Sterling Still Owns the Clippers

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LeBron James might just take his talents home next season if Donald Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers. In an excerpt released from tonight's episode of Jim Rome on Showtime, Roger Mason Jr., VP of the National Basketball Players Association, says that he spoke with LeBron and that the league's biggest star might boycott next season unless Sterling sells.

Update: Mason has since backtracked on his statement.

Original post continues below:

Though not in the clip above, according to CBS Sports the exchange begins with Mason explaining, "If it's not handled by... the start of next season, I don't see how we're playing basketball.

"I was just in the locker room with LeBron... At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we've got executive committee members... Leaders of the teams, they're all saying the same thing: 'If this man is still in place, we ain't playing.'"

The clip above then picks up here:

"So, like LeBron, your guy LeBron. You think he would not play if Sterling were still in there when the season started?" Rome asks Mason.

"I was just in the locker room three or four days ago," Mason replies. "LeBron and I talked about this. He ain't playing if Sterling is still the owner."

Sterling, of course, was caught on tape making vile racist remarks in a conversation with his mistress, but his bigoted past goes well beyond those ramblings. Sterling, who made his money in property, has been sued several times for refusing to rent to minorities in some of his buildings and discriminatory housing practices.

James has not been afraid to publicly comment on the situation and has previously said there's "no place" in the NBA for Sterling. He's also said he wouldn't accept Sterling's wife retaining ownership of the team.

"As players, we want what's right, and we don't feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team," James said Monday night.

Sterling was hit with a lifetime ban from the NBA. With a vote by 22 of the NBA's 29 other owners, Sterling would be forced to sell the team. The ownership rights of all of his co-owners, including his wife, would also be voided.

James and Mason apparently want that vote to happen soon enough to have a new owner in place before the beginning of next season.

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Sidney M. Smith
Sidney M. Smith

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Eddy Gugliotta
Eddy Gugliotta

BS, JL, stay away of the mess... this is Miami, dude, another world altogether.

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Dennis D Shamblin

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Kenia West
Kenia West

Lmao yea right. He will play regardless.. #newslave

Michael Monkus
Michael Monkus

^^Joking aside, With LeBron's pure athleticism- he could pick up the TE position pretty quick. Just take a look at his Powerade Zero agility workouts on YouTube. Pretty scary...

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter


Every African American player in the NBA refusing to play 2014 NBA Finals until Donald Sterling is gone.

Thomas Seaborn
Thomas Seaborn

I don't understand Shaquille o Noel makes fun of a handicapp person and just gets away with it ! Fucked up and it's on twitter so it can be pulled back up !!!!

Anthony Fuda
Anthony Fuda

Who thinks of these rhetorical questions??? Damn shame this was even asked

Christian Joseph Valdes
Christian Joseph Valdes

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Roger Gold
Roger Gold

hahahaha this is a joke and full of crap! Lebron didn't say this, this is fabricated!!!!

Alex Garcia
Alex Garcia

There goes Miami's 2015 NBA championship.

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

If LeBron does leave the nba, he will probably go to the nfl

Cary Rios
Cary Rios

Ok, I'm sorry can we let this go already? I'm NOT racist at all but I think he's been punished enough, ESPECIALLY for something said in the privacy of his own home.. are we not safe in our homes anymore? What has this world come to that you can't speak your mind without being taken down for it? I'm sorry but as demeaning, disrespectful, racist as it was I've HEARD WORSE from BOTH parties. People get over it and MOVE on.. hatred only brings hatred. Ok he's been fined, banned blah blah blah let it go. It's not like he is a child rapist or a murderer... but yet we treat those much better like letting them live off our tax dollars in prison with tv's, food and a place to sleep without paying a dime. Don't even get me started. Lebron stop being an idiot and just do what you are paid to do PLAY.

Patricia Moreno Villa-garcia
Patricia Moreno Villa-garcia

Who cares about them....specially Lebron.....is a clown .....love HEAT but esas ridiculeces estan de mas

mcrenshaw82
mcrenshaw82

There is a better chance of Magic, Donald Stirling, Kobe, and Lebron in a gang bang then Lebron or any other player boycotting the NBA.  Lets remember that during a boycott which is just laughable they don't receive there fat NBA checks.  Without playing you don't get paid for your endorsements minus the few with clothes, shoes, etc.. As soon as they miss a check they cant fuel up that drop top caddy rollin on dub's.. I love how everyone implies the NBA as this association of people with upstanding moral fiber.  What planet do you live on.  I don't care what strain Purple OG Kush your blazin its still as plain as day.  Sterling is a Idioit.. NBA overrated.  Racism bandwagon just lost a wheel.  NOBODY WILL CARE IN 6 MONTHS

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

The owners need the players, without them, there is no league. These are franchises. The owners just manage, they don't create/cultivate talent. That's why he NBA is described as a player's league, not an owner's league.

John Place
John Place

HA. now all the owners are gonna let Sterling stay, so LaBron will leave and they will now have a chance.. LOL

Adrian Popescu
Adrian Popescu

The thing is not a rasial issue is how they can buy a that team ! And if is happen watch who is buying it !

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

For the love of god, this isn't a freedom of speech issue. Freedom of Speech protects you from government persecution/prosecution. The man isn't in prison. However, it does not shield you from social consequences.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Cary Jorge, if he wasn't the owner of a public commodity. If he hadn't been the recipient of an NAACP award (clearly they goofed). I'd agree with you. But he is and as such should be held accountable. Freedom of speech is valid but keep in mind the argument that you don't yell fire in a crowded theater. People who claim FOS infringement always forget this

Nigel Nmnm
Nigel Nmnm

Breach not breech, and players can and have gone on strike before. This is a player's league, without the players, you'd just be selling t-shirts and hot dogs.

Dimitris Thedreamboy
Dimitris Thedreamboy

Fuck it, I'll take his job, I will do it for $400k. Save the Heat some money. Lol never played basketball tho

Bea Fuentes
Bea Fuentes

Don't think the racist will care if one black player boycotts the season. Something has to be done that will directly affect him, like freezing his assets.

Cary Jorge
Cary Jorge

Get over yourselves.. is the guy a prick? yes. is the guy racist? yes. but guess what? he has the right to his OPINION. why did we fine this asshole? because freedom of speech is no longer valid in this country.

Damien Milton
Damien Milton

About time someone took a real stance. Quit allowing them to profit off what they hate so much...... The black man

Jim Cobb
Jim Cobb

Who cares about either one of them

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

This isn't a team issue it's a league issue. So all the people wondering why he's talking when he's not on the Clippers team really need to understand that. Having said that it's obvious that LeBron is siding with the team. But since a majority of owners have already stated their position of forcing Sterling to sell, this is just over the top drama. Wonder what Arison and Spolestra (sp?) think of this.

Andre Martinez
Andre Martinez

Can't wait for the boycott lebron sneakers to come out

Jose Sanchez
Jose Sanchez

See and they talk about don't mix apples With oranges then why the fuck labron James got to do with the fucking clippers when he's not even in that fucking team

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Cash out and retire dude. Move to Costa Rica and enjoy life.

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