It was just a few weeks ago that the NBA issues disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine for racist comments he was recorded making in his home by girlfriend V. Stiviano.
It has been widely reported that Sterling will not be going down without a fight, and a new report indicates Sterling is prepared to sue the NBA because he feels that he has done nothing wrong.
From the Sports Illustrated report:
SI.com has learned that Donald Sterling has hired prominent antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher, who has written a letter to NBA executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan threatening to sue the NBA. The letter, sources tells SI.com, claims that Sterling has done nothing wrong and that “no punishment is warranted” for Sterling. Blecher also tells Buchanan that Sterling will not pay the $2.5 million fine, which is already past due. Blecher ends the letter by saying this controversy “will be adjudicated.”
Since the beginning, this is been an ugly situation and we all had the feeling that Sterling would not go down without a fight.
Sterling has outlined two separate legal defense strategies for Sterling, which you can read in full by clicking here.
It is unlikely that Sterling will be able to successfully fight the NBA in court, but he does have a compelling case against the league since his privacy was in fact invaded and due process was not allowed to play out.