Donald Sterling: The Clippers Are “Not For Sale,” Going To Sue NBA

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By Michael Lewittes

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Donald Sterling now says he will not sell the Los Angeles Clippers, and that he’s pursuing a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA.

As you’ll recall, following the 80-year-old billionaire’s racist comments made in a taped phone conversation, Sterling’s wife Shelly agreed to sell the team to Microsoft’s ex-CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

Donald Sterling’s attorney said late on Monday, “We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit.”

Sterling’s suit alleges that his constitutional rights were violated by the league because the NBA used “illegal” recordings to force him to sell the team. He also claims breach of contract, stemming from the NBA’s imposition of a $2.5 million fine.

Sterling issued a statement as well titled, “The Team Is Not For Sale,” in which he said, “From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.”

“I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights,” added Sterling, noting, “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.”

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