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Report: NBA To Countersue If Donald Sterling Doesn’t Drop Suit

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Owner Donald Sterling (R) of the Los Angeles Clippers (credit: Johnny Vy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Owner Donald Sterling (R) of the Los Angeles Clippers (credit: Johnny Vy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – It looks like the NBA didn’t like how Donald Sterling hired private investigators to dig up dirt on the current NBA Owners, Commissioner Adam Silver and former commissioner David Stern.

According to Sports Illustrated, the league will counter sue if Mr. Sterling continues his efforts to sue the league.

“The league will answer Sterling’s complaint by August 11, and sources tell SI.com there is a good chance the league will countersue Sterling,” read the report on SI.com. “ The NBA could raise a tortious interference with contractual relations claim, and contend that Sterling has interfered in the business relations of the NBA and one of its franchises by interfering with the sale of the team.”

The Clippers sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer of $2-billion is on hold because Donald refused to sign off his side of the deal.

However, according to his wife Shelly, she does not need his signature because he was found “mentally incompetent.”

So Shelly Sterling will go to probate court quickly to seek an emergency order for a hearing so a judge can confirm her authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, according to an individual familiar with the matter.

 

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