When the NBA decided they were going to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, the 81-year-old real estate mogul said he wouldn’t go down without a fight.
There was reason to believe Sterling considering he is no stranger to the courtroom, but Sterling seemed to momentarily back down recently as rumors suggested he was ready to sell and not fight.
What’s to come of Sterling’s ownership of the Clippers franchise is unknown, though, there appears to be some mud slinging going on to unsuspected parties like Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos.
In a document filed with the league on Tuesday, Sterling calls out DeVos for his sexuality views and his opinion on those with HIV/AIDS.
Per the Orlando Sentential:
Sterling wrote that DeVos “has made highly controversial comments against individuals with HIV/AIDS and generously supports anti-homosexual causes with impunity.” Sterling noted that the league didn’t punish DeVos when DeVos made comments about gay marriage and AIDS in a 2009 interview with the Grand Rapids Press.
I’m not sure that was the best way to state a desire to keep your team, but, it certainly makes for some headlines.
The Magic have publicly come out and stated that they will vote to oust Sterling from the league so Sterling’s attempt to call out DeVos isn’t going to cost him a vote, obviously.
The vast majority of fellow NBA owners on the Board of Governors, who are to meet to determine Sterling’s fate on June 3rd, are expected to vote in a similar fashion though Sterling is clearly going to go out swinging.