The Clippers.com website for the Los Angeles Clippers has been taken down and replaced with an all-black screen simply reading “We Are One” with a small LAC team logo beneath it – and hence the NBA’s scrubbing of team owner Donald Sterling begins. Just moments after the commissioner announced a lifetime ban against Sterling, the league appears to have taken control of the team website. In taking down the entirety of the site, any trace of Sterling, his ownership, and his history have vanished. But making Sterling disappear from the NBA in the real world will be another matter.
Sterling technically still owns the team, and may attempt to take legal action in order to regain his right to attend Clippers games and to participate in team business. But the NBA takeover and takedown of Clippers.com points to the league moving swiftly to separate itself from Sterling by all means possible.
Our attempts at accessing any portion of the official Clippers website, including removing the /one subdirectory from the URL, still reverted back to the /clippers/one page.