In a letter penned to the NBA, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he won’t pay the $2.5 million fine assessed as a result of his private conversation with his “girlfriend” which also resulted in a lifetime ban from the NBA.
According to USA Today Sports:
The attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher, also wrote that Sterling doesn’t warrant “any punishment at all” for his racist comments that were recorded in a conversation with a female friend and made public.
Blecher, a well-known antitrust attorney, also contends that the fine violates Sterling’s due process rights.
So, OK Sterling will fight. But what’s the point? Let’s say he wins on the argument that the fine and ban goes against his right to privacy. Even still, if and when the players boycott and the sponsors and advertisers pull out, what will he be left with? At that point he will be forced to sell–again, this time for less than he would have gotten had he just sold it outright.
Donald and his wife Shelly will not go away–quietly. But I think eventually they will go away.
Then all will be well in life and basketball.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,