Donald Sterling Refuses To Pay $2.5 Million Fine, Threatens To Sue NBA

News & Views | Bené Viera | 05/16/2014 | 11:36 AM EDT

Sterling's attorney sends a letter to the NBA saying the owner's done nothing wrong and will sue

Donald Sterling will keep his sinking ship afloat by any means necessary.

Finding an attorney to take his case wasn’t easy, but the Los Angeles Clippers owner has made the impossible possible. He's hired prominent antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher to represent him in what Sport Illustrated believes will be a lawsuit against the NBA.

Blecher sent a letter to the league's executive vice president and general counsel informing them Sterling will not pay the $2.5 million fine. He has also threatened to sue the NBA on his client’s behalf.

The letter reportedly states Sterling has “done nothing wrong” and that “no punishment is warranted.” Interesting, considering Sterling admitting to CNN’s Anderson Cooper “I made a terrible, terrible mistake,” which the NBA will be able to use in court.


The $2.5 million fine is already past due, but Blecher’s letter states: "We reject your demand for payment.”

Sterling’s attorney argues his client has not violated any article of the NBA constitution and that Sterling’s due process rights have been violated.

Sterling was turned down by eight law firms prior to attaining Blecher.

Meanwhile, the Clippers were defeated by the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night, ending their playoff run. Big up to Doc Rivers and the team who had a tremendous season.

Sad to see it end for them after having to deal with Sterling-gate.

 (photo: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

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