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STERLING TAKES THE OFFENSE IN HIS BATTLE WITH THE NBA

May 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Those racist remarks that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling unleashed during telephone conversation with his sometime companion V. Stiviano and later broadcast by TMZ amounted to “a jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published” and as such could not “offend the NBA rules,” The recording, he said, was made without his consent, thereby making it illegal in California. Countering the NBA’s allegation that Sterling violated a morals clause in its contract with him, Sterling said that the clause was not intended “to oversee morals and ethics in the home; it is meant to govern morals and ethics in conducting the sport of professional basketball.” In a document responding to the NBA’s decision to mete out what Sterling called “draconian” punishment — a lifetime ban, a fine of $2.5 million, and an order to sell the team — Sterling said that he had no intention of complying with the NBA’s orders. He denied a claim by his wife Shelly (PHOTO) that he had authorized her in writing to sell the team. The NBA said that its owners will be meeting on June 3 to discuss the Sterling matter.