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Donald Sterling To Sue NBA For $1 Billion

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DONALD STERLING
FILE- This is a Dec. 19, 2011 file photo showing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watching the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA has initiated a charge, Monday, May 19, 2014, against Sterling, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

The lawyer for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has told numerous media outlets that Sterling will sue the NBA for damages from being banned for life and having his ownership terminated. The lawsuit will seek over $1 billion in damages, as first reported by NBC News. BuzzFeed, Yahoo, and ESPN confirmed the report.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Sterling is also considering legal action to stop the sale of the team. Sterling's wife, Shelly, agreed to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion on Thursday night. Sterling is opposed to his wife's efforts to sell the team, his lawyer telling the Associated Press that "[Donald] Sterling is not selling the team."

Sterling's attorney provided this statement to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne:

On Friday, the NBA announced that it settled its dispute with Shelly Sterling over the team's ownership and that the Clippers will be sold to Ballmer. The league also said in a statement that the Sterling trust agreed "not to sue the NBA and to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including from Donald Sterling."

Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined after an audio recording surfaced in which he made racist remarks.

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