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Donald Sterling Will Fight the Sale of the Clippers

Well so much for making this process easy. Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has said that, despite a statement by his wife’s attorney to the contrary, he is not going to voluntarily sell his NBA franchise. Sterling was recently heard on a secretly-taped phone call making racist statements, going as far as telling his girlfriend that he did not want black people to attend Clippers games. The NBA banned him for life from the league and fined him $2.5 million.

Sterling has now released a 32-page statement telling the league that he will fight any efforts to force the sale of the team in court. The NBA Board of Governors will soon vote on the issue, but it’s expected to overwhelmingly agree to attempt to force Sterling to sell. In the written statement, Sterling’s team said, “A jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules.” Apparently, the crux of his argument is that because the recording was made without his knowledge (which is illegal in California), it shouldn’t be used against him. Now, despite the outcome of the league vote, the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers could be determined by a long, ugly legal battle …

Update: Apparently Donald Sterling sent another letter to the league days before agreeing to sell the team (contradicting the most recent one), so really, who know what’s going on with him.

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