Sterling Suing NBA For More Than One-Billion-Dollars

Sterling Suing NBA For More Than One-Billion-Dollars
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is firing back at the NBA. NBC News reports Sterling is suing the league for more than one-billion-dollars after being forced to give up ownership of the team. Sterling's wife Shelly reached an agreement on Thursday to sell the club to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a reported two-billion-dollars. Donald Sterling was given a lifetime ban by the NBA after racist remarks he made last month went public.

The lawyer for Sterling says his client's one-billion-dollar lawsuit against the NBA has nothing to do with the sale of the team. Attorney Max Blecher tells ESPN.com that the suit contests that the termination charges by the league against Sterling are an invasion of his constitutional rights, a violation of anti-trust laws and a breach of contract. Blecher adds that Sterling is still considering legal action against wife Shelly, who agreed Thursday to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for two-billion-dollars. TMZ reports she was named sole trustee of the Sterling family trust after doctors declared Donald "mentally incapacitated" and "incompetent to have a voice in the sale" of the Clippers.