The New York Post is reporting that Donald Sterling has prostate cancer. The 80-year-old has allegedly been living with it for at least two years.
Sterling was recently penalized with a lifetime ban after making racist remarks against African-Americans, in particular, Magic Johnson.
The Post points out in their story that Sterling ironically declined to cover a former Clippers player who was also diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2011. Here are some more details from the Post’s scoop:
Sources said Sterling has also been telling friends that he doesn’t understand the public furor over his recorded comments to then-girlfriend V. Stiviano, whom he scolded for publicly “associating with black people” and told not to bring any black friends to “my games.”
And insiders at ABC said Sterling was in negotiations to chat with Barbara Walters for a “20/20” interview.
An ABC spokesman declined to comment.
The uproar of controversy which Sterling currently faces is not the first time in the past couple of years that the Sterling family has been under emotional distress. Scott Sterling, his son, died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 32 in January 2013.
UPDATE: Sources have confirmed to ESPN that this story is in fact true. The timing of it’s release is suspicious but it is unlikely it’ll stop the NBA from removing him as an owner. The league’s finance committee voted unanimously to oust him from the league on Thursday. The vote now moves on to the league’s owners, many of whom have come out in support of Adam Silver’s decision.