Doc Rivers May Leave Clippers if Donald Sterling Remains Owner

Interim CEO Richard Parsons reveals coach's plans during court hearing to determine team ownership.

Posted: 07/22/2014 05:59 PM EDT

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is ready to leave the team if Donald Sterling remains owner, the Associated Press reports.

In court Tuesday (July 22) Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified that Rivers will indeed quit if the team is not sold. "Doc is troubled by this maybe more so than anybody else," Parsons sad. "If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach."

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put up $2 billion to buy the team but proceedings have been held up by Sterling's refusal to relinquish ownership to his wife, Shelly Sterling. A trial is being held to determine whether or not the real estate mogul is unfit to keep control of the Clippers and ultimately force the sale.

Rivers reportedly heard that some employees were considering working for Sterling, even after his racist comments were exposed online. Within two weeks of the recording coming out, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the NBA, fined him more than $2 million, and ordered him to sell the team.

A clause in the family trust allows for either Sterling or his wife to take full control of the team, provided that one of them is mentally unable to maintain the responsibility. Two doctors determined that the disgraced Clippers owner suffers from Alzheimer's, which he has denied. 

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