Sterling's lawyer has informed the NBA on Thursday that he will not be paying the 2.5 million dollar fine that the NBA handed out to him as a result of his comments that were recorded a few weeks ago. Sources have stated that the fine was also due this week. Sterling also sent out a letter to commissioner Adam Silver on Wednesday threatening to sue the league if Sterling is not afforded due process.
According to SI.com, the letter claims that Sterling deserves no punishment for the racist remarks that were made last month. The letter also claims that he did nothing to breach the NBA's code of conduct or the NBA constitution and that the league's four day investigation violated Sterling's "due process rights". Sterling was given a lifetime ban from the NBA and was also fined.
The league will vote whether or not he gets to stay as owner of the Clippers. The other 29 owners will get to vote sometime in the near future and will need 75% of the votes to be able to get rid of Sterling as the Clippers owners. In the meantime, the NBA has appointed Dick Parsons to be the acting CEO of the Clippers until they can resolve the matter.
This is quickly becoming an ugly situation for the NBA, as this could get extremely prolonged and could cost the league a lot of money. They say any publicity is good publicity, but having a racist as one of the owners of one of your bigger franchises is not good publicity. The NBA needs to resolve this matter as quickly as possible, and try to take the team away from Sterling, even if it opens up a whole different can of worms thanks to Donald's wife, Rochelle Sterling, and her claim to try and take the team as her own, her argument being that she's part owner of the team and that she wasn't involved with Sterling and his comments. She also plans to take the NBA to court should they force her to sell her share of the team.
This is a bad situation all around. We can only hope to the matter being resolved as quickly and painlessly as possible.