Clippers owner withdrawing support for team sale, plans to sue NBA

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Sterling could use lawyers and lawsuits to challenge the NBA’s plan to force him out over recent racist comments, but legal experts say the league would likely prevail in the end. Sports law experts say the NBA’s constitution gives its Board of Governors broad latitude in league decisions including who owns the teams. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants a swift vote against Sterling, which requires a minimum of three-fourths of the other 29 controlling owners to agree. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Sterling could use lawyers and lawsuits to challenge the NBA’s plan to force him out over recent racist comments, but legal experts say the league would likely prevail in the end. Sports law experts say the NBA’s constitution gives its Board of Governors broad latitude in league decisions including who owns the teams. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants a swift vote against Sterling, which requires a minimum of three-fourths of the other 29 controlling owners to agree. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES, Cal. (WIAT) — The Los Angeles Clippers’ season ended weeks ago but the team is still front and center thanks to the continuing saga of their owner, Donald Sterling. And there is a new chapter in the story as Sterling’s attorney says his client is withdrawing support for the team’s sale. But it doesn’t stop there for the Clippers owner. Sterling will be filing a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA.

Last week, Sterling and his attorney said they would accept the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But as of now, it appears Sterling’s fight is back on. Sterling co-owns the Clippers with his estranged wife Shelly.

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