The saga continues for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
His lawyer, Max Blecher, told ESPN Tuesday (May 27) that the 80-year-old has no intention of selling the NBA franchise… and “is going to fight to the bloody end.”
Sterling responded to the NBA’s charges to terminate his ownership , calling the NBA’s penalties “draconian” and the proceedings a “sham.” In the documents sent to the NBA offices Tuesday, he denied every allegation made by the NBA and asked that proceedings be dismissed.
“I believe what they’ve done is illegal and it will not hold up in court,” Blecher told ESPN. “I believe what they’re doing is a blatant invasion of his constitutional rights because they’re using a tape recording that he did not consent to and under California law that recording cannot be used for any purpose, for any proceeding.
“So if the basis of their case is illegal evidence, they don’t have much of a case. … The whole thing is a pile of garbage.”
Furthermore, his lawyer says Donald was “disavowing” anything his wife Shelly Sterling has done to try to negotiate a sale of the team.