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DONALD STERLING DEFIES NBA SANCTIONS

May 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Donald Sterling is not going down without a fight. He has informed the NBA that he will not pay the $2.5-million fine imposed by NBA commissioner Adam Silver and will ignore the lifetime ban from the NBA that Silver also instituted. According to Sports Illustrated, antitrust attorney Maxwell Blecher has been hired by the 80-year-old Los Angeles Clippers owner to mount a counterattack against the league. The magazine reports that in a letter to NBA executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan, Blecher wrote that Sterling had done nothing wrong that that therefore “no punishment is warranted.” He claims that Sterling’s apparently racist remarks in an audio recording that was posted by TMZ last week do not represent unethical conduct under League rules. He also argues that the NBA violated Sterling’s due-process rights.