Donald Sterling suing NBA to block LA Clippers sale

Not so fast, Ballmer! Donald Sterling sues NBA to block Clippers sale

5/30/14 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Donald Sterling suing NBA to block LA Clippers saleDonald Sterling may be banned for life from the NBA, but he'll see them in court before he goes. After his wife Shelly negotiated a $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Mr. Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion, charging anti-trust and breach of contract issues. (UPDATE 6:21 pm: The full text of the Donald Sterling lawsuit is online.)

Yes, this man is suing for $1 billion to prevent himself from making $2 billion. We live in strange times!

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports that Donald Sterling will sue the NBA for $1 billion. Sterling's attorneys cite reasons I do not fully understand, but sound solid enough that they could substantially hold up or even halt the sale of the Clippers to Ballmer.

Blog Photo - Donald Sterling suing NBA to block LA Clippers sale"The charges in the lawsuit are an invasion of [Donald Sterling's] constitutional rights, violation of anti-trust laws, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract," said Sterling's attorney Max Blecher, conveniently forgetting that he is the one waging the lawsuit here, not the NBA.

The NBA has not sued Sterling. They have merely initiated change of ownership proceedings.

Meanwhile, it seems that Shelly Sterling has sided up with the NBA. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the NBA is proceeding with the sale to Steve Ballmer and Shelly Sterling is indemnifying the league from any lawsuits -- including those from her now-estranged husband. Ms. Sterling has argued that Donald is mentally unfit to conduct the sale, so she's doing it herself. Mr. Sterling feels differently, and is always considering suing her over this.

Fasten your seatbelts, people. These Clippers lawsuits may turn out to be more competitive any of the remaining NBA playoff series.

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6/9/14   |   j1791m   |   1 respect

i wish this old man would just go away