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