Lem Satterfield

Oscar De La Hoya wants to buy the Los Angeles Clippers

Oscar De La Hoya, seen here posing with NBA legend Shaquille O' Neal for a segment of O'Neal's 2009 ABC television series 'Shaq Vs.', says he's interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Oscar De La Hoya, seen here posing with NBA legend Shaquille O’ Neal for a segment of O’Neal’s 2009 ABC television series ‘Shaq Vs.’, says he’s interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

 

Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya has expressed the desire to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers in the wake of owner Dan Sterling's having been banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

"The league has made it known that it wants more minorities involved, and as a proud Mexican-American, I will bring a different perspective to the NBA in general, and the Clippers in particular," said De La Hoya.

"I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I know what it takes to run a successful sports entity and nothing would make me happier than to bring an NBA Championship home to Southern California sports fans."

A 1992 U.S. Olympic Gold medalist and a native of East L.A., De La Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame's Class of 2014. Acquiring the Clippers align De La Hoya with fellow 1992 Olympic gold medalists Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan as athletes-turned-professional sports team owners.

"I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for his quick and decisive action regarding in the Donald Sterling situation, and his forward thinking will push the league toward a positive future," said De La Hoya. "There is no room for racism and unfair treatment in any professional sport, or in life in general. I hope to be a part of positive change for the league."

De La Hoya's announcement comes on the same day that boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. expressed interest in the Clippers.

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