According to multiple media reports citing unnamed sources, the banned LA Clippers owner has told the NBA he will not pay a $2.5 million fine for racist remarks, and he plans to sue the league if his punishments are not rescinded.
The news was reportedly delivered in a letter from Sterling’s new attorney, prominent anti-trust litigator Maxwell Blecher.
CNN has reached out to the NBA and Sterling’s lawyer and has not been able to independently confirm the reports.
In an interview with CNN earlier this week, Sterling repeatedly denied he is a racist. That’s despite blatantly racist remarks made in a private conversation with a friend that were recorded and released online. Sterling said he was baited into saying those things.