Donald Sterling who had supposedly agreed to sign out the Los Angeles Clippers to the former Microsoft owner, Steve Ballmer in a 2 billion dollar deal, has well, sued the NBA again.
His reason, “I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights,” Donald Sterling said. “While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled. I love the team and have dedicated 33 years of my life to the organization. I intend to fight to keep the team.”
He had agreed to ink the deal and drop the suit last week assuming “all their differences had been resolved,” in the mind frame that the lifetime ban and the fine were going to be revoked. However individuals close to the negotiations stated otherwise:
—”There was never a discussion involving the NBA in which we would modify Mr. Sterling’s penalty in any way whatsoever. Any suggestion otherwise is complete fabrication,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.”
—”In terms of saying something in a draft press release that indicated they would be dismissing the lifetime ban and the fine, that is not true at all,” said the person, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. “That doesn’t mean that [Sterling] wouldn’t have read something like that into it. But if they interpreted it that way that is wrong and there is no thought of lifting the lifetime ban or the fine being rescinded.”
The NBA not standing down led to Sterling calling the whole thing off and planning to sue the NBA for violating antitrust laws, his constitutional rights, and breach of contract.
This had all begun with the racist remarks made my Sterling, which was recorded by his girlfriend on tape, and posted on VMZ. In the midst of a much exciting first round of the NBA playoffs, this affected the play of the Clippers and took the NBA away from basketball. Adam Silver quickly made his decision by banning Mr. Sterling for life, and giving him the largest fine the NBA could give under its bylaws at 2.5 million dollars. His swift actions lead to the appreciation from the biggest players and the league. Donald Sterling in response sued the NBA after his estranged wife, who owns the Clippers as well, had been in talks about selling the team.
The audio of Donald Sterling and Adam Silver’s decision can be seen/heard here