Donald Sterling isn’t going to leave the NBA quietly. Sterling has once again flip flopped and resumed the position that he is NOT selling the Clippers and will sue the NBA.
“From the onset I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. I am extremely sorry for the hurtful statements I made privately. While this is not an excuse for the statements, like every other American, I never imagined that my (they) would be made public. I believe that Adam Silver acted in haste by illegally ordering the forced sale of the Clippers and banning me for life from the NBA. Action taken by Silver and the NBA constitutes a violation of my rights and fly in the face of freedoms that are afforded to all Americans. I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights. While my position may not be popular, I believe my rights to privacy & preservation of my rights to due process shouldn’t 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.”
Legally, Sterling is in the proverbial corner. 1. His suit has little chance because he agreed – on several occasions – to the NBA’s bylaws. 2. His wife has taken control of the Sterling trust because his mental capabilities having been diminished. That allows his wife to control the decisions of the trust alone. 3. In the sale, the NBA was granted indemnity by Shelly Sterling, so essentially he’d be suing himself.
Pride is a hell of a drug.