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
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.
The Clippers’ hierarchy continues to remain in flux.
The NBA just announced it has instilled former Citigroup and Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons as the Clippers’ interim CEO a little more than a week the league stripped Donald Sterling of his ownership amid making racially disparaging comments on an audio tape. Parson, who is currently a senior advisor for Providence Equity Partners, also arrives with the Clippers the same week president Andy Roeser took an indefinite leave of absence.
“I believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “Dick’s credentials as a proven chief executive speak for themselves and I am extremely grateful he accepted this responsibility.”
The first item on the agenda could entail establishing clarity on Shelly Sterling’s role on the team. She maintains the title as Clippers co-owner and has a split ownership stake with her husband, Donald. But both the Clippers and players union are against any of Sterling’s family members having any involvement with the team.
Shelly also has received criticism because court documents accused her of denigrating African Americans, Latinos and once posing as a health inspector. Shelly was also listed in numerous housing discrimination lawsuits against Donald’s real estate properties. But Shelly’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, noted in a statement on Thursday that testimony came in cases that were settled, which does not admit guilt.
“Like most Americans, I have been deeply troubled by the pain the Clippers’ team, fans and partners have endured,” Parsons said in a statement. “A lifelong fan of the NBA, I am firmly committed to the values and principles it is defending, and I completely support Adam’s leadership in navigating the challenges facing the team and the league. The Clippers are a resilient organization with a brilliant coach and equally talented and dedicated athletes and staff who have demonstrated great strength of character during a time of adversity. I am honored to be asked to work with them, build on their values and accomplishments, and help them open a new, inspiring era for their team.”