Donald Sterling Refuses to Pay Fine, Rejects Ban & Plans to Sue NBA
As many predicted, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is not giving up without a fight.
After vehemently denying that he is a racist despite remarks made to his mistress V. Stiviano and past conduct, Sterling has reportedly sent a letter to the NBA stating that he won’t pay his $2.5 million fine.
He’s also rejecting his lifetime ban and has threatened to sue the NBA if they do not rescind their punishment against him.
Sports Illustrated caught parts of the letter that stated the following message:
“’We reject your demand for payment,’ the letter tells Buchanan, who on May 14 informed Sterling by letter that he must pay the $2.5 million fine.”
The other 29 NBA team owners have taken the initial steps to force Sterling to sell the franchise he has owned for 33 years, with an advisory committee meeting three times so far.
Meanwhile, his estranged wife, Shelly, has said she wants to keep her 50% ownership in the team, which is through a family trust.
Last week, Dick Parsons, a former chairman of Citigroup and Time Warner, was asked by the league to be the team’s interim chief executive.
Antitrust lawyer Maxwell Blecher, who represented Sterling when he wanted to move the team from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, has been hired to take on the NBA once more. Fined $25 million that year, Sterling sued until the league reduced the fine.