Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is refusing to pay the fine imposed on him by the league for his racist comments, and plans to sue the league if they try to oust him.
In a statement issued by Sterling’s lawyer, he has no plans to pay the fine, and also wants to fight the lifetime ban handed to him.
Everyone expected Sterling to fight to keep the Clippers, and his attorney claims he never violated any of the NBA’s rules and regulations.
Multiple legal experts disagree, pointing toward Article 13(d) of the constitution, which provides for the termination of an owner’s franchise should ownership fail to “fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association, its Members, Players, or any other third party in such a way as to affect the Association or its Members adversely.”
Which interpretation bears out in a court of law remains to be seen.