Donald Sterling is reportedly preparing to sue the NBA for more than $1 billion in damages, according to NBC News. Sterling is still deciding whether to sue his wife Shelly Sterling, and he may also file another lawsuit to block the sale of the Clippers. Shelly was granted the authority to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after experts declared Donald mentally incapacitated.
After being forced to relinquish control of the Los Angeles Clippers, embattled owner Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit Friday seeking $1 billion in damages from the NBA.
The complaint, which was filed in federal district court in California, assailed league commissioner Adam Silver. Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and sought to ban him for life from the NBA after Sterling told an ex-girlfriend not to bring black people to Clippers games.
In addition to damages, Sterling is seeking to reverse the lifetime ban, eliminate the fine and reinstate Clippers CEO Andy Roeser, who took an indefinite leave of absence after the controversy erupted.
Sterling and his wife, Shelly, owned the team jointly through a trust. On Friday afternoon, the NBA, which had sought to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team, agreed to withdraw that effort if the Clippers will be sold to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and if the couple does not sue the league. The agreement was contingent on indemnification against future lawsuits, including those filed by Donald Sterling.