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June 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently angered by word that the NBA has no intention of lifting its lifetime ban on him and rescinding its $2.5-million fine, Donald Sterling said on Monday through his attorney that he will not agree to the $2-billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer and that he intends to go ahead with his own $1-billion lawsuit against the league. Sterling’s wife Shelly had negotiated the $2-billion sale to Ballmer. As part of the deal she agreed to indemnify the NBA against any lawsuit resulting from it, including any by her husband. However, in a statement to NBC News, Sterling said, “From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. I have worked for 33 years to build the team … I intend to fight to keep the team.” He added, “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.”