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It’s not Donald Sterling’s best day: NBA counter-sues him on antitrust case

Aug 12, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT

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It’s not a good day to be Donald Sterling.

The Clippers have been sold to Steve Ballmer and as many lawyers as Sterling hires, no matter how much money he throws at the problem, no matter how much dirt he digs up or how much he bullies everyone involved, that sale will not be undone. No judge is going to step in and overturn it now. The deed is done.

Not only is the team sold, but also everyone is celebrating that it happened and you are out.

Then, as the cherry on the sundae, the NBA has counter-sued Sterling on his $1 billion antitrust suit against the league and Commissioner Adam Silver, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The NBA filed a counterclaim against Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust in federal court Monday, saying the Clippers owner caused “devastating and incalculable harm” to the league.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in response to Sterling’s June antitrust lawsuit against the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, the counterclaim seeks to recover damages related to the owner’s recorded comments denigrating blacks.

Both the league constitution and a document Sterling signed in July 2005 say that Sterling has to indemnify the league against losses and litigation based on his actions, according to the suit. The league says it spent money investigating Sterling as well as defending the lawsuit he filed against the league and it wants its money back for that.

This move is pretty standard, almost all lawsuits of this size and nature have a countersuit to provide leverage.

Sterling is a bitter man and likely is going to try to make this as ugly and messy as he can for the league (and he might have some success there), but as far as the league is concerned he is now a sideshow. He is out. Ballmer is in and the Clippers are moving on without Donald.

This is all separate from the fraud lawsuit that Sterling filed against the league and his wife Shelly.

  1. nfl4days - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM


  2. cantonbound13 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Blame Magic

  3. noleitup - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    “It’s not a good day to be Donald Sterling”

    I doubt that. I think all of us would like to be billionaires.

    • zoomy123 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      I disagree. I think very few people would want to be an 80 year old man with cancer and suffering Alzheimer’s disease even if he is a billionaire.

      • elcaminobilly - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        I would rather remain poor than be a wealthy jerk any day of the week.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        Trust me – people trade their health and reputation for a shot at a small pile of money every day of the week. Plenty of people would gladly trade places with Donald Sterling. Not me – but plenty of people.

    • shanelsweet - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Yeah,not me. I’m loving my life. If you’d imagine what the Donald spends his days doing now what with court and drs, then you’d know it’s not really all that nice.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    “the Clippers owner caused devastating and incalculable harm to the league.”

    So they’ll be seeking damages starting in 1981? Because he’s been harming the league since he became an owner.

    • Wammy Giveaway - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Further back. Probably up to 1979, when Donald Sterling helped Dr. Jerry Buss purchase the Lakers (he loaned $2.7 million to Jerry Buss in exchange for apartment buildings to complete the sale to Jack Kent Cooke). The NBA might look into that and use it in their counter claim. Don’t know how, but it was Jerry Buss who brought Sterling into the NBA in the first place.

  5. campcouch - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Yep, keep dragging it out. Hopefully the owners and league office cleans out their closets before someone digs into them. Let it go NBA, let it go.

  6. deeballer - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Two bullies going after each other. Now that’s entertainment!

  7. ncarolinarn7 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    “devastating and incalculable harm” sounds like to me the NBA leadership is lead by a bunch of wussies. What happened to “sticks and stones”. A bunch of men “hurt” by a man that has opinions shared with a whore in his own home??? This is a pissing contest is all. Grow up boys.

    • marsh025 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      but the pissing contest was okay when you thought Donald Sterling had a leg to stand on.
      Now that he’s getting drowned in piss, you don’t want the pissing contest anymore.
      What happened?

  8. clickablecontent - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    The biggest F-you would be if they claimed damages of 2 billion dollars.

  9. philliephaninva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    No matter how this turns out there will be only one winner….the lawyers.

  10. mackcarrington - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I keep looking at these comments to see all of the people who said Sterling was going to win. I keep waiting and looking, but i don’t see them.

    • marsh025 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      They went to read the constitution and Bill of rights, specifically the first ammendment.
      Then they will find someone to ask what it means.
      That person will tell them what freedom of speech really means and who can use it and when.
      Then the sterling supporters will have a “light came on” moment.
      Or not.

  11. ncarolinarn7 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Hey marsh025 do you think you are the voice of morality, sound reason, and logic? Speaking in a condescending and sarcastic way doesn’t give you virtue or ethics. The only one impressed with you is the man looking back at you in the mirror.

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