Los Angeles Clippers

BY DAN WOIKE / STAFF WRITER
Published: May 27, 2014 Updated: 10:54 p.m.

Donald Sterling, it seemed, had accepted his presumed fate. He would not own the Clippers much longer, and his wife, Shelly, was going to step in and spearhead the sale of their team.

But in a 32-page response to the NBA from Sterling and his legal team Tuesday, the embattled owner makes it abundantly clear – in his eyes the NBA is wrong, and he has every right to continue owning the team.

Donald Sterling is going to fight.

In their letter to the NBA, Sterling and his attorney, Maxwell Blecher, deny “generally and specifically every allegation” in the NBA’s formal charge for termination of Sterling’s ownership.

Reached by email, Blecher said his client “intends to fight to keep the team. He is not authorizing Shelly to sell.”

The league has banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million after an audio recording surfaced with Sterling making racially insensitive comments to girlfriend V. Stiviano.

As part of the termination process set forth in the NBA’s constitution, Sterling was given a list of charges May 19 showing the NBA’s arguments for termination and told he had five business days to respond.

That response Tuesday conflicts with the idea that Sterling had accepted his fate and was on board with the league’s punishment.

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