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  • 1 May 2014, 2:45

Oprah In Talks On LA Clippers Ownership Bid

Oprah Winfrey has joined a growing list of potential buyers for the LA Clippers if disgraced owner Donald Sterling is forced to sell the team.

Winfrey's spokesperson has confirmed the talk show host is in discussions with music mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison about a bid.

The league is attempting to force Sterling out after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a lifetime ban on the owner for making racist remarks.

The NBA's other 29 team owners are expected to support calls for Sterling to sell the club.

Sterling, 80, purchased the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5m. Forbes estimates the franchise is now worth $575m.

Other celebrities including Matt Damonand boxer Oscar De La Hoya also have expressed interest in joining an ownership group.

Mr Silver banned Sterling from attending any NBA games or practice sessions.

He is also banned from participating in any business or personnel decisions involving the team. Sterling was also slapped with a $2.5m fine.

The punishments stemmed from a published audio recording in which Sterling is heard questioning a female friend's association with "black people".

He is also heard telling the woman that he does not want her to bring black people to Clippers' games.

The conversation, published by website TMZ, caused outrage in the NBA and across the US.

Players and fans have praised the league's decision to ban Sterling from the league.

The punishment even drew praise from the White House on Wednesday, with Press Secretary Jay Carney saying President Barack Obama supported Mr Silver's decision.

Sterling has not commented on the matter.

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