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The saga of disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling continues.
Sterling was penalized by the NBA for racist comments he made. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him from the NBA for life for his comments. Silver is also trying to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.
Sterling is now fighting back after it looked like he was coroperating with the NBA. As the New York Daily News reports, in a May 22 letter that was obtained by TMZ, Sterling’s lawyer said that he had agreed to sell his interest in the team.
However, Sterling responded to the charges against him on Tuesday. In his response he says that he will fight the NBA’a attempt to force him to sell the Clippers, and that he has received offers of more than $2.5 billion for the team, according to USA Today.
As ESPN reports, Sterling denies every allegation and charge made against him. He has asked that the June 3 hearing where the vote to terminate him will happen be dismissed. In his response he called the penalties “draconian” and the proceeding a “sham." Sterling has threatened to take legal action against the NBA if needed.
"I believe what they've done is illegal and it will not hold up in court," Sterling’s lawyer Max Blecher told ESPN. "I believe what they're doing is a blatant invasion of his constitutional rights because they're using a tape recording that he did not consent to, and under California law, that recording cannot be used for any purpose, for any proceeding.”
He added, “So if the basis of their case is illegal evidence, they don't have much of a case. ... The whole thing is a pile of garbage."
Here’s a timeline of the Sterling saga.
1981: Sterling purchases the Clippers for about $13 million.
2006: U.S. Department of Justice sues Sterling for housing discrimination where he made statements that were against renting to Latino and black tenants.
2009: Former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor files a civil lawsuit against Sterling for wrongful termination. Lots of allegations of racism were levied against Sterling by former Clippers players.
April 25, 2014: TMZ leaks the alleged racist remarks Sterling made while talking to his girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano.
April 29, 2014: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver bans Sterling for life and fines him $2.5 million. Vows to force Sterling to sell his team and get out of the league.
May 2, 2014: Stiviano is interviewed by Barbara Walters and says she’s had conversations with Sterling that were similar to the recording.
May 6, 2014: Clippers President Andy Roeser steps down
May 8, 2014: Sterling’s wife vows to fight to keep her ownership of the team.
May 11, 2014: Sterling speaks out for first time. Says he made a mistake and asks for forgiveness.
May 19, 2014: The NBA files charges against Sterling.
May 27, 2014: Sterling responds to the charges against him, vows to fight the charges.
June 3, 2014: The owners and NBA vote on the charges against Sterling.