Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in a 32-page document, responded on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, to the NBA’s charges to terminate his ownership of the franchise. Sterling’s move takes place while his wife, Shelly Sterling, continues her efforts to sell the Clippers. Sterling’s wife claims to possess an agreement with him to sell the team. However, according to ESPN.com, Sterling’s lawyer, Max Blecher, stated Tuesday that his client “’is going to fight to the bloody end’ and has effectively ‘disavowed’ the agreement he reached with his wife last week that would allow her to negotiate a sale of the team.” Blecher explained: “I don’t know what agreement she has with him, but I’m saying to you today, he disavows anything she’s doing to sell the team. He says, ‘It’s my team, and I’ll sell it when and if I get around to it.'”
Sterling’s filing denies the NBA’s charges and allegations. Further, Sterling requested the NBA to dismiss the proceedings to terminate his ownership, which are scheduled to be reviewed during a June 3, 2014, hearing of the league’s board of governors.