Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a civil lawsuit against the NBA and his wife Shelly on Tuesday, alleging fraud and asserting himself as the sole shareholder in the team he has owned since 1981.
Donald had already filed a federal lawsuit against the league in June seeking antitrust damages, and is currently embroiled in a probate trial with Shelly Sterling that could decide whether or not she had the right to sell the team for $2 billion.
Below is a full copy of the latest lawsuit:
Donald Sterling's civil lawsuit against the NBA and Shelly Sterling by thejackwang
Clippers owner Donald Sterling released a statement through attorney Bobby Samini on Tuesday explaining why he is continuing to fight the sale of his team and pursuing his $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA.
WHY I AM FIGHTING THE NBA? THE NBA WANTS TO TAKE AWAY OUR PRIVACY RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH
I was brought up in America and educated to believe that every citizen has a right to privacy and right to freedom of speech. As a lawyer and citizen, I am shocked (but not surprised) that the NBA wants to take away those fundamental rights.
I feel that every American has to protect those rights and that the NBA should not be allowed to take away those rights. I have apologized for my mistakes. My apology is sincere. I want every American to know that I will not give up fighting for those rights.
I also feel that the leadership of the NBA is incompetent, inexperienced and angry. It is clear that they took this opportunity to settle the personal grievances they have harbored against me for years. Continue reading
Monday saw yet another discrimination lawsuit filed against Donald Sterling, one that alleges racist and sexist taunts on the part of the Clippers owner.
Represented by Gloria Allred, a woman named Maiko Maya King alleges that after she agreed to work as Sterling’s personal assistant in 2013, “contrary to his agreement to pay her $10,000 a month, Sterling dangled money only if she would have sex with him.”
Bobby Samini, an attorney for Sterling, responded to the allegations Tuesday morning.
“The claim by Ms. King is baseless and ridiculous,” Samini wrote in an email. “She was never employed by Donald Sterling. Her claim was obviously (prompted) by opportunistic motives.”
In 2009, Sterling settled a housing discrimination lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice for $2.725 million.
The 80-year-old is likely on his way out as an NBA franchise owner, though he filed a lawsuit seeking $1 billion in damages against the league on Friday. The NBA still needs to vote approve to approve Steve Ballmer as the Clippers’ new owner after the former Microsoft CEO agreed to buy the team for $2 billion last week.
The NBA announced Friday that it has resolved a dispute over ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, and withdrawn the pending charge to terminate Sterlings’ ownership.
The league reached the agreement with Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly, and the Sterling Family Trust which owns the franchise. Shelly as the sole trustee in selling the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Thursday for $2 billion, which still needs to be approved by the NBA Board of Governors.
A previously scheduled June 3 meeting to terminate Donald Sterling’s ownership has been cancelled.
Donald Sterling’s attorney Maxwell Blecher, said earlier Friday afternoon that his client intends to sue the NBA for $1 billion in damages. Blecher has not yet responded for further comment since the NBA’s latest announcement.
Even as his franchise steps toward a new regime, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling plans to sue the NBA for $1 billion in damages.
Attorney Maxwell Blecher confirmed that his client intends to file suit against the league, as first reported by NBC News. Sterling’s wife, Shelly, agreed Thursday to sell the franchise to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion after reportedly having her husband declared mentally incapacitated. She in turn claimed full control of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.
The league has not yet approved the sale of the Clippers, and is proceeding with a June 3 hearing to oust Donald Sterling. Commissioner Adam Silver has maintained that the preferred outcome is a voluntary sale.
Sterling is seeking damages for the lifetime ban the NBA handed him last month and his termination charges.
Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling has announced the franchise’s $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The record-setting transaction was signed by Ballmer and Sterling Thursday evening, but both parties remained mum until releasing statements late that night.
Shelly Sterling said in the release that she was acting as the sole trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers. ESPN reported that experts had recently declared co-owner Donald Sterling to be “mentally incapacitated,” transferring power over the team to Shelly under the rules of the trust.
“I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner,” Shelly Sterling said. “We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success.” Continue reading
The deadline to bid on the Los Angeles Clippers passed at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the Sports Business Journal, the bidding term sheet required a $300 million deposit.
Although Donald Sterling’s formal response to the NBA on Tuesday asked that he not be terminated as Clippers owner — followed by his attorney’s vow to ESPN to “fight to the bloody end” — his wife Shelly Sterling is proceeding with a sale.
Her attorney Pierce O’Donnell said in a statement Tuesday night that she is managing the sale of the team with written consent from her husband.
Multiple reports indicate that Donald Sterling had sent another letter to the NBA on May 22, saying that he had empowered Shelly to sell the franchise they have owned since 1981. However, the league has never approved Shelly Sterling as a controlling owner.
The NBA advisory-finance committee also met again on Wednesday via conference call to discuss Donald and Shelly Sterling’s responses to the charge to terminate their ownership of the Clippers.
“These documents, along with the charge, were distributed to the NBA Board of Governors, which will meet on June 3 at 1 p.m. in New York City to hear and vote upon this matter,” league spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement.
A three-fourths majority vote by the board would terminate Sterling’s stake in the team.
Clippers owner Donald Sterling responded to the NBA on Tuesday with a 32-page letter, arguing the the league is attempting to terminate his membership on the basis of an illegal recording.
Donald Sterling's formal response to NBA charges
With several suitors now circling, just how much might the Los Angeles Clippers sell for?
According to NBC, potentially more than $2 billion — an amount that would set a new record in American sports.
The Dodgers sold for $2.15 billion in March 2012, though the Los Angeles baseball team has a far more storied history than the Clippers. That purchase nearly doubled the previous top price tag for a U.S. sports franchise: the Miami Dolphins selling for $1.1 billion in 2009.
ESPN’s Bill Simmons also reported on Monday that the “basement” offer for the Clippers will start at around $1.8 billion. Continue reading