Several major media outlets received a 32-page statement from disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday, refuting the NBA’s attempts to strip the 80-year old of the franchise.
In the document, Sterling says the league’s actions are “illegal.”
Reports broke last week that Sterling had authorised his wife, Shelly Sterling, to receive offers for the franchise with as many as twelve potential suitors lining up offers.
Donald Sterling now refutes these reports, saying that he has had offers in excess of $2.5 billion for the team, far higher than the reported $1.8bn offered by some groups to his wife.
The NBA has scheduled a meeting to vote on the termination of Sterling’s ownership on June 3rd, leaving Sterling with little time to change his position.
His current stance puts him at odds with Adam Silver. The commissioner has hinted that he would not be against the Sterlings selling their franchise voluntarily to make the process of moving on from the crisis far easier.
However, it seems Sterling is intent on making sure the proceedings drag on to their fullest extent.