In what was once expected to go on smoothly, the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers is off. This was after Donald Sterling’s attorney Max Blecher informed ESPN via email that the sale is off.
It gets better. Sterling will reportedly continue his lawsuit against the NBA stating that he will fight to protect his rights.
“I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights,” Sterling said Monday in a letter circulated widely among those involved in the sale and obtained by ESPN.com. “While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled.”
“From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers,” he said in the letter. “I believe that Adam Silver acted in haste by illegally ordering the forced sale of the Clippers, banning me for life from the NBA and imposing the fine. Adam Silver’s conduct in doing so without conducting any real investigation was wrong.
“The action taken by Adam Silver and the NBA constitutes a violation of my rights and fly in the face of the freedoms that are afforded to all Americans.”
After a highly controversial racism issue, NBA commissioner Adam Silver vowed he would use everything under his power to force Sterling to sale the Clippers franchise. However, even as many expected the sale to Steve Ballmer to be made official, this comes up. Is it any surprise to see Sterling going back on his word?