The roller coaster ride involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the NBA appears to be going for another loop. Sterling has no intentions of going away anytime soon as he plans to fight the charges against him. On top of that, Sterling’s attorney, Max Blecher, believes his client has a very strong case to win against the NBA. Meanwhile, Shelly Sterling is working hard to sell the Clippers with the hope that she can retain a minor stake in the team.
“I believe what they’ve done is illegal and it will not hold up in court,” Blecher said, according to ESPN. “I believe what they’re doing is a blatant invasion of his constitutional rights because they’re using a tape recording that he did not consent to and under California law that recording cannot be used for any purpose, for any proceeding.
“So if the basis of their case is illegal evidence, they don’t have much of a case. …The whole thing is a pile of garbage.”
As mad as people were about Sterling’s blatant racist remarks, many have concluded that the way his racism came to the public light may have been unconstitutional. The fact that he was in the privacy of his own home is an important detail in the case. More specifically, the fact that he was allegedly taped without his consent in his own home means that V. Stiviano should be the one facing criminal charges.
Sterling’s wife Shelly is on the other side of the coin. She believes she is being wrongfully tossed in with her husband, even though she had nothing to do with his racist comments. For that reason, she believes she should still be able to keep some form of ownership in the organization. With that being said, she is working cooperatively with the NBA and Bank of America to help sell the team.
There are at least four ownership groups who have stepped forward and shown interest in purchasing the franchise. Despite the exact numbers being unknown, Sterling claims that he has received an offer of more than $2.5 billion for the Clippers.
At this point, it will all come down to the NBA Board of Governors meeting on June 3 in which the team owners will take a vote in regard to selling the team. If the vote passes, the NBA will have the right to sell the team to whomever they seem fit. Until then, Sterling’s lawyers will work tirelessly to get the NBA to drop the meeting, as well as, put together a case that will show why he deserves to remain control of the Clippers.
The entire ordeal is a very slippery slope. Even though I do not agree with Sterling’s horrific comments, I do have sympathy in the sense that he could lose a billion dollar business based on something he said in private. If Sterling actually does lose the franchise, then where do we draw the line?