Clippers owner Donald Sterling battling cancer: Report

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been battling cancer for years, according to the New...

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been battling cancer for years, according to the New York Post. (USA Today)

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Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer and has been for a long time, according to the New York Post.

“They thought he would die two years ago,” a source told The Post of Sterling, who Tuesday was banned for life by the NBA and fined $2.5 million for racist remarks.

“People have been predicting his imminent demise,” the source said, noting some of the medication Sterling has been taking has caused his face to appear puffy.

Another source told The Post that the 80-year-old Sterling was suffering from prostate cancer.

A decade ago, the billionaire owner refused to pay for prostate cancer surgery for then-Clippers assistant coach Kim Hughes.

“I contacted the Clippers about medical coverage and they said the surgery wouldn’t be covered,” Hughes told The Journal Times in 2011.

“They said if they did it for one person, they’d have to do it for everybody else.”

Four Clippers players ended up paying for the $70,000 procedure.


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