First Donald Sterling announced he would be fighting like hell to keep the L.A. Clippers and would sue the NBA. Then he was declared mentally unfit and couldn’t contest a sale. Then he still threatened to sue. Then he dropped the suit and agreed to sell the Clippers.
WELL, GUESS WHAT.
Sterling has now officially changed his mind again and will no longer be supporting the deal to sell the team to Steve Ballmer, and will go back to suing the NBA for $1 billion.
And on top of all that, Sterling put out an incredibly defiant statement, declaring he never wanted to sell the team to begin with and will fight this with every fiber in his being. Here’s the full statement:
I would like to clarify some issues regarding the Los Angeles Clippers and affiliated matters. From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. I have worked for 33 years to build the Team.
To be clear, I am extremely sorry for the hurtful statements I made privately. I made those statements in anger and out of jealousy all in the context of a private conversation. While this is not an excuse for the statements, like every other American, I never imagined that my private conversation would be made public.
Many things have been said about me in the media which are not true. I believe that Adam Silver acted in haste by illegally ordering the forced sale of the Clippers, banning me for life from the NBA and imposing the fine. Adam Silver’s conduct in doing so without conducting any real investigation was wrong.
The action taken by Adam Silver and the NBA constitutes a violation of my rights and fly in the face of the freedoms that are afforded to all Americans.
I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights. While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled.
I love the team and have dedicated 33 years of my life to the organization. I intend to fight to keep the Team.
[image via Danny Moloshok/Reuters]
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