Skip to comments.Sterling Refuses to Pay NBA Fine
Posted on 05/15/2014 8:12:52 PM PDT by lbryce
A letter from Donald Sterlings lawyer reveals that the Los Angeles Clippers owner is refusing to pay the $2.5 million fine levied against him by the NBA. USA Today reports that his attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher, wrote in a letter to the NBA that Sterling has no intention of paying the fine. Moreover, the letter argues Sterling doesnt deserve "any punishment at all" for his racist remarks that were made public last month. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is currently working to force Sterling out of the NBA.
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Give ‘Em Hell, Donald.
Good for him.
What is the point in paying the fine if the only reward for doing so is banishment?
Caught this little bit of Mark Levin’s show on Tuesday night. Interesting listen if you have 10 min you can spare.
Not defending what Sterling said, but I do think the commissioner instituted a huge rush to judgement.
This story hit the internet early on a Saturday morning. By the next Tuesday afternoon, the commissioner had handed down what amounts to a “death penalty” against Sterling.
This story is not over by a long shot. Sterling’s estranged wife actually is a part owner of the team, and wants to keep her piece. Some players have said that nobody in the Sterling family should own this team.
Forcing a sale of the team could be a legal quagmire for the NBA.
And some players have said they won’t play next season if the sale of the Clippers hasn’t happened by then.
Get popcorn. This could get really interesting.
I was shocked by Sterling’s comments, but, feel that the penalty is excessive. I hope Sterling exercises all his legal rights, whatever they are. The NBA is acting all holier than thou about this crap, and may find that they opened up a Pandora’s box instead.
He said it in private. It didn’t affect the way he handles the team. Good for him. I am so tired of the thought police.
Key point, really.
Anyone else and someone would be screeching about illegal wiretap or something like it.
There is a privacy issue here.
As far as the NBA goes, I wouldn't pay them a nickel.
Not only do they face a fight with Donald Sterling, it appears that they would face a fight with his wife as well.
Within a few hours after the NBA commissioner announced the fine there were pundits explaining that the NBA had no authority to impose the fine.
Say what you will about Donald Sterling but the guy didn’t build a fortune worth 1.2 billion $ because he was stupid.
One other thing. Screw Lebron James’s homely looking ass. Let him choose not to play in the NBA next year. He can always co-star in Mikey Sams reality TV show on the Oprah network.
The NBA will just withold it from his TV payouts. Sterling is finding out that the NBA is a lot like the federal government...
Good for him! Tell ‘em where to put their fine, big guy.
The NBA doesn't mean anything, it is simply entertainment. Sterling is this season's entertainment.
There are a group of people that want that team, BADLY....
I believe this was all pre-planned, and likely illegal.
Wiretapping is against California Law, I understand.
SO WHY IS NO ONE IN JAIL, YET?
There’s no drama in the playoffs, everybody knows the Heat are going to win, again.
Don’t back down, Sterling.
They only did this to make it look like they were taking the situation more seriously than anything in the history of the NBA -- just to make the racial malcontents shut up. Now that the story is out of the news, it doesn't really matter to the NBA leadership who the hell owns that team.
The real important thing about this story is: It’s not a real important story...not worthy of more than ten minutes of fame.
Sports means nothing!
It’s just another “Malaysian Airliner” decoy story used by the RATagandists to deflect attention from the myriad of RAT-scandals and ongoing investigations.
Sterling has virtually limitless resources, some of which he might allocate to investigations of other peoples’ private lives.
He shouldn’t have to pay a dime..what someone says in the privacy of their own home, taped ILLEGALLY without their consent..cannot be used against him and it sure as hell can’t be used to take away a team that he purchased legally with his own money. If Sterling had given a press conference and said those quotes, different story, and even then he would have a right to keep his team..but he said this to his mistress, if they can do this to him they can do this to anyone who says anything the left or the media considers “Racist” or “Homophobic” or “Islamaphobic” any phobic to them and a person’s life can be destroyed
They thought this whole Sterling stuff was settled. There was a majority judgement, just like with Global Warming and Common Core.
You mean panties.
LeBron James is a phony POS..he said recently he didnt want any member of Sterling’s “Jewish Family” owning the team..isn’t that anti Semitic of him to say..also, its none of his damn business, he doesn’t even play on the Clippers who died and made him ruler of the NBA..LeBron should shut his trap and go back to promoting Commiecare that he loves so much
Let me get this straight...Sterling’s engaged in a private conversation that’s leaked to the public and the end result is he’s slapped with a multi-million dollar fine for what he said?
Although I disagree with what he said, I’m on his side by telling the NBA to pound sand.
Good luck NBA winning this one in a fair court!
I’m an old lady and Sterling is a yucky old man as far as I’m concerned,but he is right to fight this action by the NBA.
I find the entire situation frightening.
In additions to your good questions, why hasn’t that girlfriend ‘V’ been indicted or charged or something meaningful?
Go Donald Go!!!!
Yes, it is frightening.
It’s frightening how quick everything is escalating from even 2000 to now.
Therein lies the bottom line - a FAIR court. Too many activist judges now sitting on the bench. Yes, elections have consequences, and I have a really hard time with those who put this POS back in office in 2012.
Sterling’s decision has tied the NBA management’s collective jockstraps all in a knot.
You mean panties.”
We always used to say “Tricots in a bind”.
“Moreover, the letter argues Sterling doesnt deserve “any punishment at all” for his racist ...”
What’s next, thought crime?
NBA should ban thugs from playing.
If they did that they would be very few players left.
Why would they have jockstraps? They have no balls.
“The NBA will just withold it from his TV payouts. Sterling is finding out that the NBA is a lot like the federal government...”
I’m sure he could sue them for that.
Had the commissioner NOT made his statement, the players were going to boycott. THAT would have been a mess on so many different levels. Now, the playoffs will finish up, the players ( most of whom are black) believe that Sterling has their back..you have to realize..here has for decades been a lack of trust and respect between the players and David Stern..and now Silver and the league has the off season to try and come up with a solution..that will stand up in court.
That would last about two weeks, until they realize that fun babies and big posses cost money.
Actually, the NBA bylaws requires players “be of good moral character.”
I think Ofrah needs to give Sterling his own reality show..
The tapes themselves are proof of a conspiracy by persons not yet known to seize control of the team.
The dweeb Silver s Investigation which lasted all of three days and basically consisted of asking Sterling if it was his voice, is pathetic.
Silver never asked who made the tapes or where they came from, inexcusable from a legal perspective, and exposes the NBA as co-conspirators when they force sale of the team based on illegally obtained evidence.
If Sterling takes this to court, the NBA is screwed big time, and Im not talking just about the civil case, but a criminal case against the slut and anybody who helped her.
Sterling is not only going to get his billion, he is probably going to destroy Silver too.
“Not defending what Sterling said, but I do think the commissioner instituted a huge rush to judgement.”
No, Adam Silver has stepped on his schmeckel big time!
Good tactics. That due process claim over the league’s practice of arbitrary fines against owners is something many of them’ll support. Also, when you’re going to mount an “up yours” defense, you don’t give ‘em any quarter.
This’ll be entertaining.
In private, and with prompting.
They pass hookers around like basketballs.....!
There are likely a lot of people who do not want to be put under oath.
Pray America wakes up
They’ve already gotten all their pay for the season..