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Clippers owner Sterling to fight NBA fine, penalty over racist remarks

Published on May 17, 2014 2:30 AM

(REUTERS) - The attorney for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has told the NBA his client won't pay a league-issued US$2.5 million (S$3.12 million) fine, and that he will fight league punishment over his racist comments, Sports Illustrated reported.

Sterling was banned for life by league commissioner Adam Silver and threatened with the forced sale of his team after an audio recording surfaced last month of a conversation in which he berated a female friend for publicly associating with black people.

Sterling's lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, wrote in a letter to NBA executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan that his client had done nothing wrong and does not deserve punishment, and that the matter "will be adjudicated," Sports Illustrated reported late on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the report, and representatives for Sterling and the NBA did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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