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Donald Sterling Vows to Fight the NBA's Proposed Forced Sale of the Los Angeles Clippers


By Jason Hughes

Donald Sterling, the beleaguered owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has made a vow to fight the NBA's attempts to force him to sell the team. This after his wife, Shelly, had reportedly received his permission to sell the team, including his 50-percent stake, according to a statement by his wife's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell.

Her statement stands in direct contract to what Sterling asserted in a 32-page response sent to the NBA on Tuesday. In it, Sterling insisted that he is not interested in selling his team, nor does he think the league should be able to force him. He also noted that he'd received offers of more than $2.5 billion for the Clippers.

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Sterling came under fire after the recording of him making racist remarks about African-Americans to Stiviano went public on TMZ. According to the league, his comments violated a morals clause in its joint venture agreement with him. In his statement, Sterling said that this clause "is not meant to oversee morals and ethics in the home; it is meant to govern morals and ethics in conducting the sport of professional basketball."

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He accepted that his words were "hurtful" and "uneducated," but insisted that he was baited into making them while in a distressed and vulnerable state. The response goes on to say that the league has gone way overboard in punishing Sterling. He has already been banned for life and been fined $2.5 million.

"Judging in terms of the punishment already imposed, and the Commissioner's current request, Mr. Sterling's offense is far and away the worst offense that any player, coach or owner has ever committed in the history of the NBA," his attorney wrote in the response. "In the past, the NBA has either punished offensive speech with a modest fine or ignored it."

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The penalties leveled against him were further called "draconian," with the response concluding, "We believe that preservation of Mr. Sterling's constitutional rights requires that these sham proceedings be terminated in Mr. Sterling's favor."

Meanwhile, Shelly Sterling's attorney was telling a very different story. She has been actively courting potential buyers to try and independently sell the team, though it is unclear if the league would even allow that. Now, with his own filed response, it's become clear that Donald Sterling has not agreed to a sale of his team, and has no intention of letting it go easily.

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