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Are You Surprised To Hear That Donald Sterling Is Going To Sue The NBA?

Submitted by on June 10, 2014 – 10:29 amOne Comment
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The NBA was thisclose to ridding itself of Donald Sterling this week! They were in the process of approving the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in light of the fact that Sterling’s wife Shelly agreed to sell the team to him late last month. And the thought was that the league could wipe its hands clean of the Sterlings this summer and return the Clippers to some semblance of normalcy once the sale went through. But now, it sounds like that is all off. Because even though Sterling was expected to sign off on the sale of his team soon, Sterling and his lawyer have now told the NBA that the deal for the Clippers “is off.” And rather than go quietly into the night, Sterling is reportedly going to pursue legal action against the league and sue the NBA for $1 billion.

So why is Sterling going to file a lawsuit against the NBA and try to keep control of the Clippers even though it’s 100 percent clear that the league does not want him around anymore? As of right now, that’s the billion-dollar question. Sterling hasn’t commented on the lawsuit yet and his lawyer Max Blecher is also keeping quiet. But sometime over the course of the last few days, Sterling changed his mind with regards to the sale of his team and decided that he wasn’t going to let go without a fight. And truthfully, we can’t say we’re all that surprised about that.

If Sterling sells the Clippers, he’s more or less going to disappear from the spotlight and get thrown to the side by the NBA. Sure, he’ll be $2 billion richer. But he already has billions of dollars in the bank. So what does he need another $2 billion for? He doesn’t. But we’re betting that a guy like Sterling does need people to know that, if he sells his team, it’s because he wants to sell it, not because someone tells him that he has to do it. Sterling didn’t get to where he is today by taking orders from other people; he got there by doing what’s best for him. And right now, he seems to think that suing the league is what’s best for him, even if it will probably make people hate him even more than they already do.

What do you think about Donald Sterling refusing to sell the Clippers and suing the league? At this point, shouldn’t he just give up? Or do you think he has the right to continue trying to keep control of the Clippers?

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