Some agree that Donald Sterling should not have the Los Angeles Clippers ripped away from him due to racist comments he made in the privacy of his own home. Others believe that NBA commissioner Adam Silver is in the right for handing down a lifetime ban and taking away the team. At this point, it does not even matter. The reason for that is because supporters on both sides agree that this saga needs to come to an end. Unfortunately, Sterling will not allow that to happen as he has changed his mind and will indeed go through with suing the league.
“Many things have been said about me in the media which are not true. I believe that Adam Silver acted in haste by illegally ordering the forced sale of the Clippers, banning me for life from the NBA and imposing the fine. Adam Silver’s conduct in doing so without conducting any real investigation was wrong,” Sterling said in a letter that was made public on Monday.
“The action taken by Adam Silver and the NBA constitutes a violation of my rights and fly in the face of the freedoms that are afforded to all Americans.
“I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights. While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled.”
Sterling definitely has a point that his freedoms under the United States constitution have been violated. Unfortunately for him, the NBA has their own by-laws that decide whether he is allowed to keep his team or not. Sterling violated those by-laws when he engaged in horrific comments about minorities.
The fact that that Sterling stated he would allow his wife, Shelly Sterling, to take control of the franchise and go through with the sale is reason enough for why he needs to just go away. He agreed to the sale of the team. It was over. But now he wants to make sure the general public never forgets what the NBA did to him by dragging out the sale even longer.
He can fight it all he wants, but there is no way he will have control of the Clippers ever again. The owners around the league will never allow it to happen. Not to mention, Shelly was given 100 percent control of negotiations on behalf of the team after experts concluded Sterling had been mentally unfit to move forward in discussions. Therefore, there is nothing that can be done. According to ESPN, the only way Sterling can challenge his wife’s decision on the sale of the team is in California probate court.
I am all for an American citizen fighting for his right to freedom. However, at some point, it needs to come to a close.