Less than three hours before the
San Antonio Spurs put on the greatest offensive display in an NBA Finals half, Donald Sterling accused the NBA of “discriminatory practices.” In a statement released yesterday (June 10th) the banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling explained why he was rejecting the recent $2 billion sale of the Clippers and accused the NBA of its own discrimination.
On June 3rd, Donald Sterling informed NBC4 at a charity event that he was “felt fabulous” about the Los Angeles Clippers being sold to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and “Everything is every way it should be.” On June 9th, Sterling issued a letter entitled “The Team is not for Sale” and alleged that he was never ok with the sale of the team:
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.
In a following statement from Sterling, released yesterday, he accused the NBA of being “hypocrites and bullies” and feels that hypocrisy has influenced their punitive decision regarding his banishment from the NBA and forced sale of his team:
The NBA has a history of discriminatory practices which is supported by numerous lawsuits filed by NBA employees claiming gender based discrimination. Adam Silver has worked for the NBA since 1992. He must know about the discriminatory practices of the NBA which are all matters of public record. The reason Adam Silver is focused on the sale, instead of the larger social issues, is because doing so would require him to examine the NBA’s own discriminatory practices, including those that occurred under his many years in leadership.
Sterling later accuses the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver of focusing his time and efforst on “signing autographs for TMZ.” On May 30th, Shelly Sterling indemnified the NBA against any lawsuit from Donald Sterling, which essentially means the Sterling trust would cover any NBA legal fees and damages from the lawsuit. Silver responded during the halftime telecast of Game 3 of the NBA Finals claiming he “has no idea what he’s talking about.”
Shelly Sterling will be in probate court later today (June 11th) to receive an emergency order on the team.
Check out Donald Sterling’s full statement below: