Donald Sterling Changes His Mind, Says He WILL Sue the NBA
First he was going to sue. Then he wasn’t. Then he was. Then he wasn’t.
Now, apparently, disgraced soon-to-be-former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has decided, once again, that he will sue the NBA and try to block the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer.
You will recall that, when the NBA first leveled sanctions against Sterling after TMZ released those racist audio recordings, the old coot said he was going to sue the league. Then, a few weeks later, he backed off and agreed to let his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling take over and sell the team. Then, after the sale to Ballmer was announced, he backed out of that agreement and said he was going to sue. And then he dropped that and said he was going to okay the $2 billion deal.
It should really come as no surprise, therefore, that Sterling changed his mind again late last night. The $1 billion federal lawsuit is back on, and he has withdrawn his consent for the sale of the Clippers.
“I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights,” he said. “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.”
Of course, the Bill of Rights really has nothing to do with any of this. We’re talking about a franchise here, not a house or a plot of land. A franchise is only a portion of larger piece of property owned collectively. You can only buy a franchise if the collective allows you to, which means the partnership is governed by an established set of rules by which everyone must abide. And that set of rules, in this case, gives the other NBA owners the power to force Sterling out. He has no “right” to keep the franchise forever because he had to “right” to buy them in the first place.
It’s really pretty simple. The only person who’s going to benefit from this lawsuit is Donald Sterling’s lawyer. He’ll make millions.
Hat Tip – [AP]