*Is Donald Sterling on drugs? Or is he just crazy? One would be hard pressed to choose one answer over the other.
We ask because even though he’s reportedly ageed to sell the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 Billion, the banned Los Angeles Clippers owner is filing a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA. For what you ask? Well read on.
Sterling’s lawyer confirmed the suit to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne on Friday. Here’s what she’s reporting:
The news came just hours before the NBA announced that it had approved Shelly Sterling and the Sterling family trust’s deal for the Clippers with former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, who bid $2 billion for the team. That deal now must be approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors.
“The [termination] charges in the lawsuit are an invasion of his constitutional rights, violation of antitrust laws, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract,” attorney Max Blecher said.
Blecher said the lawsuit was being filed Friday afternoon and “has nothing to do with the sale.” He said Sterling is still weighing legal action against his wife, saying: “He’s looking at it. That’s a different kettle of fish. We just got the paperwork on that yesterday. There’s been no decision made on that yet.”
Donald Sterling repeatedly has vowed to fight the NBA’s attempts to force him to sell the team. That fight was temporarily derailed this week after sources say he was found by experts to be mentally incapacitated, paving the way for Shelly Sterling to become the sole trustee of the family trust and empowering her to work on an agreement to sell the team to Ballmer.
Ramona has MORE at ESPN.