Donald Sterling basically just told everyone in the NBA corporation to FUCK OFF.
The disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is refusing to sell his time, pay the maximum fine of $2.5 million, and is claiming the NBA “violated his rights”. And as if that wasn’t enough, the 80-year-old man is promising to SUE the NBA.
Though NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and passed down a lifetime ban from the NBA after tapes were leaked exposing Sterling’s racist commentary, Mr. Sterling is refusing to give up even one of his billions of dollars for not doing “anything wrong”.
Sterling’s attorney wrote a letter to the NBA, stating the owner would not pay the fine levied.
The attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher, also wrote that Sterling doesn’t warrant “any punishment at all” for his racist comments that were recorded in a conversation with a female friend and made public.
Blecher, a well-known antitrust attorney, also contends that the fine violates Sterling’s due process rights.
As of Friday, Sterling has already missed the deadline for paying the fine. They cannot force him to pay, but hope he will simply do the right thing. Remember, no lawyers or bigger paperwork is involved at the moment.
Although it may look like Sterling is being stubborn, his lawyers disagree. If Sterling does file the suit, he could win:
Blecher is one of Sterling’s longtime lawyers and represented Sterling when he moved the Clippers from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, and the NBA fined him $25 million. Sterling sued the league for $100 million and dropped it when the NBA reduced his fine to $6 million.