Donald Sterling has formally responded to the NBA's lifetime ban, claiming it was illegal under California law to oust him based on a "lover's quarrel" that was "illegally recorded."
In Sterling's response (attached below) he says the racist, hateful remarks were uttered in private settings and that he never had knowledge nor provided consent to have them recorded.
Sterling is not going to go down without a fight, it seems. Sterling's lawyer, Max Blecher, told ESPN that his client "is going to fight to the bloody end."
The recording of Sterling's private remarks to V. Stiviano was arguably are unlawful under California law. And the NBA is attempting to throw him out based on the recording.
If the NBA was suing Sterling in a court of law, the recording would likely be deemed inadmissible under rules of evidence. But, as Sterling acknowledges, the NBA's internal system of justice doesn't follow courtroom rules of evidence.
Donald Sterling's answer also included a cover letter that the Los Angeles Times reports he has received offers "in excess of $2.5 billion" to buy the Clippers.