As first reported by NBC News, Donald Sterling will file a lawsuit against the NBA for forcing a sale of the Clippers, and he'll reportedly seek more than $1 billion in damages. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne adds that Sterling is still deciding whether to sue Shelly Sterling too. And here comes Woj, saying Sterling could file a separate suit to stop the sale of the team.
Donald Sterling's last action is apparently to bring down the very structure of professional sport with him:
Blecher: "The charges in the lawsuit are an invasion of his constitutional rights, violation of anti-trust laws, breach of fiduciary duty ..
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 30, 2014
Anti-trust laws! If this ever goes down, discovery will be like 100 Christmases at the same time, all falling on your birthday.
Yesterday's reported sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion didn't feel like anything final. It happened in haltingly bizarre fashion, with claims that the deal was done alternating with Donald Sterling's denials. It was revealed that Shelly Sterling had her husband declared mentally incapacitated due to Alzheimer's, leaving her—she claimed—the sole owner of the team. Donald Sterling's lawyers dispute this. They dispute everything. Burn it all down.