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Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor will play key role in Sterling's sale of Clippers

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After the callous racial remarks of an NBA team owner sparked national outrage, the league acted quickly -- and the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have had something to do with that.

At the press conference explaining the league's decision to ban Donald Sterling from all NBA activities for the remainder of his life, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver specifically mentioned the conversation he had with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor -- a man who will play a key role in getting Sterling to sell.

Taylor recently spoke with Sterling, and he also chairs the finance committee that is in charge of dealing with ownership issues.

"He shared with me his feelings that it was a private conversation and he didn't think it reflected his real person," Taylor said.

Nevertheless, a small group of owners will sit down with Sterling soon to find out the transition will take place.

"Rather than force Donald to sell the team, I think -- collectively -- we want to meet with him and see if we can work out an arrangement that he sells the team in the way it traditionally is," Taylor said.

Former Gopher and NBA player Richard Coffey told Fox 9 News he knew his son would be watching to see how the NBA reacted to the racist remarks Sterling made during a recorded conversation with his mixed-race girlfriend. Looking back on the past few days, he now says it's a perfect teaching moment and he will use the opportunity to talk with his son.

"You're always going to find people who don't like you for reasons out of your control," Coffey said. "When you run into those people, you just move on. Make those people a small part of your life and focus on people in your life that are positive."

Sport attorney Lee Hutton, who represents athletes -- including NBA players -- echoed the sentiment that this is a teachable moment for professional sports, and he said education should be a priority for all teams.

"This is an opportunity for them to really clean up these issues and put other owners on warning that there are very sensitive issues that need to be addressed," Hutton said. "You are going to see more diversity training in the locker room, more diversity training with owners because -- at the end of the day -- you make money by what you say."

, "My son was a tremendous kid. I think often of what he could've been. I see other young men with their moms and dads. It's really, really difficult."))

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