Donald Sterling is not going to agree to the sale of the Clippers after all, one of his lawyers, Bobby Samini, said Monday. Of course Sterling may already have agreed to the sale, or so his wife's lawyers say. The Donald Sterling lawyer also says that he will pursue his lawsuit against the NBA.
I guess this is what they call negotiating through the press.
"I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights," Sterling said in a letter circulated Monday. An excerpt of the letter:
From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. I have worked for 33 years to build the Team.
To be clear, I am extremely sorry for the hurtful statements I made privately. I made those statements in anger and out of jealousy all in the context of a private conversation. While this is not an excuse for the statements, like every other American, I never imagined that my private conversation would be made public.
Many things have been said about me in the media which are not true. 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.
I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights. 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.
I love the team and have dedicated 33 years of my life to the organization. I intend to fight to keep the Team.
Actually he was by most accounts a horrible owner when he was calling the shots — the sole reason the Clippers were bad for so many decades.