The National Basketball Assn. announced a settlement with Shelly
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But minutes before the NBA’s statement on the matter, Donald Sterling sued the NBA and Commissioner
In the complaint obtained by The Times, Sterling alleged the NBA committed antitrust violations, breached contracts and denied his constitutional rights.
After an audio recording of Sterling disparaging blacks became public in April, Silver banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and started the process to end the Sterlings' ownership of the team he purchased in 1981.
Sterling's lawsuit calls the punishments "draconian" and alleges they were based on an "illicit" recording.
Late Thursday, Shelly Sterling agreed to sell the Clippers to Ballmer for an NBA-record $2 billion. An attorney for Donald Sterling, however, disputed Thursday that a sale could proceed without his client's approval.
The Sterlings own the team jointly through the Sterling Family Trust. The trust is one of the plaintiffs in Friday's lawsuit against the NBA and part of the settlement announced by the NBA.
In Sterling’s 32-page response to the NBA’s charges, he claimed the recording was illegal and that he shouldn’t be punished for a private conversation. Sterling’s cover letter to the response hinted at litigation.
"Therefore, I have no alternative but to exercise my legal rights," he wrote.
As part of the announced settlement, the NBA canceled the Board of Governors meeting scheduled for Tuesday to vote on terminating the Sterlings' ownership.