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Donald Sterling Fighting NBA Charge


In documents obtained by ET, Donald Sterling has denied that the NBA has lawful grounds to forcibly strip [him] and his wife of their ownership interest in the Los Angeles Clippers and claims that he should retain ownership of the team.

In the papers, Sterling claims that "the Commissioner's charge rests solely on comments made to Ms. V. Stiviano during an illegally recorded private conversation that occurred in her living room ... the conversation is not usable for any purpose and should not be considered as evidence against Mr. Sterling."

According to the documents, the California Penal Code "criminalizes the act of recording another's confidential communication without their consent." The papers go on to say that "Mr. Sterling expected -- and had -- a constitutional right not to have his private confidential communications recorded."

Furthermore, Sterling argues in the documents that he didn't break any NBA rules.

"A jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules," the papers claim.

The alleged "lover" refers to 31-year-old V. Stiviano. In the recordings leaked to the public, Sterling can be heard telling Stiviano not to post photos of herself with black people or to bring black friends to Clippers games.

In a letter answering the NBA's charge, Sterling writes: "It appears that the NBA would rather go forward with the illegal termination process. Therefore, I have no alternative but to exercise my legal rights. Furthermore, I have received offers in excess of $2.5 billion for the purchase of the team."

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