There is yet another turn of events in what seems to be the never-ending saga of billionaire Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. According to ESPN.com, Sterling will pursue a $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver, and withdraw his support for the sale of the team negotiated by his wife.
“I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights,” Sterling said Monday in a letter circulated widely among those involved in the sale and obtained by ESPN.com. “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.”
Last week, both Donald Sterling and Blecher indicated publicly that they would accept the record $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
In late April, Sterling, 80, was fined $2.5 million by the NBA and banned for life from any association with the league or the Clippers, following an investigation into audio recorded remarks in which Clippers owner Donald Sterling can allegedly be heard making a series of racist remarks to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano.