May 16th, 2014
11:17 PM ET

Donald Sterling plans to fight to keep LA Clippers

Donald Sterling plans to fight the National Basketball Association's $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban. The scandal started when audio recordings of his racist rants were leaked on the TMZ Sports and Deadspin websites last month.

A source close to the situation told CNN that Sterling threatened the NBA with a lawsuit if the punishment that was handed down by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just days after the recordings were released is not rescinded. Sterling contends that the league's punishment was enacted too quickly. The source told CNN the rejection was via a letter sent to the National Basketball Association.

According to Sports Illustrated, the letter says that Sterling has not violated the NBA constitution and the NBA has violated Sterling's right to due process. Sports Illustrated and USA Today reported that Sterling hired antitrust lawyer Maxwell Blecher to represent him. CNN reached out to Blecher and the NBA but did not hear back from either.

NBA Analyst for the Bleacher Report Ric Bucher debated the latest legal developments with CNN analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin.

Earlier this week Anderson Cooper sat down for an exclusive interview with Donald Sterling and asked him whether he planned to fight to retain ownership of the LA Clippers. Watch what he tells Anderson.

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  1. ckt54

    He has every right to go thru the courts if he chooses to. Unlike you CNN who are judge and jury by inflaming the public thru your bias reporting of these type of stories. Wendy Williams on her show last Tuesday stated to her audience that" Donald should watch his back",then she corrected that with" no the entire Sterling family should watch their backs,if you know what I mean" she said. With that her audience cheered and applauded. This is the type of mentality that you inflame by your bias reporting on these types of stories. There is 223,553,265 white people living in the USA you come up with 2 or 3 to paint all white people with the same broad brush as racists. You use your power thru the media outlet to be judge and jury and to inflame for your own agenda and ratings. What Donald said was wrong but what you do is just as wrong. I hope that Donald or anyone in the Sterling family isn't injured or attacked because of such villifying,inflaming and reporting by news media.

    May 17, 2014 at 6:02 am |
    • jnunley34

      Not only is this purely media driven, they are ignoring public opinion to justify it. It doesn't add up.

      May 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm |
      • jnunley34

        Admit that your position does not reflect or recognize the conversation of the majority. The blogs speak for themselves.

        May 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm |

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