Oprah Winfrey, who owns a farm on Maui, leads the list of wealthy luminaries who announced their interest in purchasing the club shortly after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league for life.
Winfrey’s spokesperson confirmed Wednesday she is already in discussions with record-label mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO and Lanai island owner Larry Ellison to pool their vast resources for a bid.
They won’t be alone, either. Music mogul Sean Combs tweeted his interest in going after the Clippers, and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to form a group to buy the team.
Celebrities ranging from Matt Damon to Oscar De La Hoya expressed interest in joining an ownership group.
Mayweather said Tuesday he’s interested in putting together a group — with himself as a majority owner — to buy the Clippers if the team is put up for sale.
“Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do,” Mayweather said. “I’m very, very interested in buying the Clippers.”
Mayweather may not have enough money to buy the Clippers by himself, but he’s certainly got enough for a good down payment. The boxer will make another $40 million or so Saturday night when he takes on Marcos Maidana in the third fight of a six-fight deal with Showtime that is reportedly worth $250 million.
And he’s plenty familiar with the team. Mayweather has a condo next to Staples Center and is a courtside fixture at both Lakers and Clippers games.
“We want to buy the Clippers and we can afford to buy the Clippers,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather said he had nothing bad to say about Donald Sterling, who he said often invites him to sit next to him and his wife at the games and has always treated him with respect.
Mayweather could have a few issues if he decides to pursue a purchase. He served a jail term in 2012 after pleading guilty to domestic violence and harassment charges in a case involving the mother of his children and he’s a big sports bettor, often wagering six-figure amounts on NBA games.