Donald Sterling, the disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, isn’t going down without a fight.
Though NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and passed down a lifetime ban from the NBA after the 80-year-old’s racist comments were made public, Sterling is refusing to give up even one of his billions of dollars.
Sterling’s attorney wrote a letter to the NBA, stating the owner would not pay the fine levied.
The attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher, also wrote that Sterling doesn’t warrant “any punishment at all” for his racist comments that were recorded in a conversation with a female friend and made public.
Blecher, a well-known antitrust attorney, also contends that the fine violates Sterling’s due process rights.
As of Friday, Sterling has already missed the deadline for paying the fine. He is also threatening to sue the NBA.
And if Sterling’s storied past in lawsuits is any indication, he may have a fighting chance.
Blecher is one of Sterling’s longtime lawyers and represented Sterling when he moved the Clippers from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, and the NBA fined him $25 million. Sterling sued the league for $100 million and dropped it when the NBA reduced his fine to $6 million.
At the end of the day, the $2.5 million is chump change for the estimated billionaire, proving his refusal to come up off just one coin is his “f*ck you” statement.
SOURCE: USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty