Sadly, we haven’t heard the last of Donald Sterling.
Just a few days after saying he was all for the Los Angeles Clippers being sold to Steve Ballmer, the estranged owner of this NBA franchise has now done a 180.
Forget receiving $2 billion in a sale. He wants to sue the league for $1 billion.
Saying how his client “must fight to protect [his] rights,” Sterling’s lawyer released a statement last night saying Sterling never wanted to sell the franchise.
He’s being forced into the deal by Commissioner Adam Silver, who banned Sterling for life after multiple recordings of Sterling being totally racist went viral online.
Silver also said he would convene the 29 other owners to vote and force a sale by Sterling.
Before this vote could take place, however, Ballmer swooped in with a $2 billion offer and it was accepted by Sterling’s wife.
All seemed to be going as smoothly as possible, given the situation… until now.
“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,” Sterling said in his statement. “I love the team and have dedicated 33 years of my life to the organization. I intend to fight to keep the team.”
This is good for celebrity gossip outlets and radio talk shows.
It’s far less good for players on the Clippers.