A PYMNTS Company

US: Sterling vows to sue NBA for antitrust violations until death

 |  July 10, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the NBA for leaked audio of his alleged racist rants, gave an off-color and bizarre performance in court on Wednesday as he took the witness stand to challenge his wife Shelly Sterling’s authority to sell the team.

The NBA had reportedly reached a deal with Shelly to sell the Clippers after Sterling threatened to sue the NBA for antitrust violations through a forced sale. Shelly reached a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after two doctors found Sterling to be mentally incapable of acting as an administrator of the Sterling Family Trust, which is the current owner of the basketball team.

Sterling made a bizarre outburst on the stand, reports say, vowing to sue the NBA until death.

”Make no mistake today. I will never, ever sell this team, and until I die I will be suing the NBA for this terrible violation under antitrust.”

If the sale is not finalized by September 15, reports say, the NBA could seize the Clippers and put the team up for auction.

Full content: SFGate

Want more news? Subscribe to CPI’s free daily newsletter for more headlines and updates on antitrust developments around the world.