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Sterling May Refuse to Pay Fine, Sue NBA

Fri, 16 May 2014 09:34:31 +0000

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling isn't going away that easy.

An attorney for the banned owner says that not only will Sterling refuse to pay a $2.5 million fine, but that he may sue the NBA if not afforded due process.

Antitrust lawyer Max Blecher reportedly sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver detailing the potential for a lawsuit. According to SI.com, Blecher's correspondence stated that "no punishment is warranted" for Sterling's racist comments made in April. The letter also declared that Sterling's "due process rights" were violated during the league's investigation.

The fine imposed on Sterling was due this week but has not been paid and, according to Blecher, it will not be paid.

Sterling was banned for life by Silver who has advocated for league owners to oust the Clippers owner from the NBA.

A 75 percent majority vote from the other 29 owners is needed to remove Sterling from his position with the franchise. His ownership could also be terminated if the fine is not paid within 30 days of notice.

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