Donald Sterling plans to file $1 billion lawsuit against NBA

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Weeks after sending a letter to the NBA threatening a lawsuit, it appears Donald Sterling is now going to follow through and sue the league.

SB Nation 2014 NBA Playoff Bracket

Los Angles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is planning to file an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA for damages in excess of $1 billion, according to a report from Tim Stelloh of NBC News. The reports of a lawsuit come a day after Shelly Sterling reached an agreement to sell the franchise to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

The purpose of the lawsuit is to recover money Sterling believes the league cost him through the lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine. There may be another lawsuit coming against Shelly Sterling that will attempt to block the sale.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA in late April after racist audio recordings of Sterling surfaced. Sterling has since gone back-and-forth on whether he would agree to sell the team. His attorney sent a letter to the NBA threatening to sue the league over what he called "illegal" actions to force him to sell. While Sterling initially gave his wife Shelly permission to sell the team, he later changed his mind. Meanwhile, Shelly Sterling's lawyers suggested that Donald was found to be "mentally incapacitated," giving her the right to sell the team without his permission. Donald Sterling's lawyers denied that charge.

Other lawsuits may be on the way. Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated wrote Shelly Sterling could file a lawsuit against Donald on behalf of the trust.

The long-term impact and ultimate result of the lawsuit remains to be seen, but the immediate impact could delay Ballmer from buying the team. The NBA Board of Governors is scheduled to meet on June 3 to vote on whether they should strip the Sterling family's ownership of the franchise. The league currently plans to have that meeting on schedule unless they receive paperwork making the sale to Ballmer official.

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.