Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, may want to hold off on celebrating his NBA team ownership. Donald Sterling’s attorney, Maxwell Blecher, tells THR that the former Los Angeles Clippers owner has pulled his support of the sale and will be proceeding with his $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA.
“The ‘deal’ is off; the lawsuit is on,” Blecher said in an email statement.
The league had banned Sterling for life and forced him to sell the team after audio of his racist remarks in a phone conversation with his ex-companion, V. Stiviano, surfaced in April. Now, Sterling will not be signing off on the sale to Ballmer, who had reportedly copped the team for a record $2 billion last month.
The sale was negotiated by Sterling’s estranged wife and Clippers co-owner, Shelly Sterling. Sterling’s lawsuit alleges that the NBA’s punishment violated his constitutional rights and committed a breach of contract by relying on information from an “illegal” recording.
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