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Donald Sterling won't pay his fine to the NBA

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Donald Sterling remains at the center of headlines at present and the LA Clippers owner continues to garner critism with his actions in the aftermath of his racist comments.

Most recently the 80-year-old has stated he isn't going to pay the $2.5 million fine issued to him by the NBA and is looking to sue, according to ESPN.

Sterling was caught on tape by TMZ speaking with his ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano issuing a number of racist remarks, hardly the respectable actions of any man, let alone one who owns the LA Clippers and since then he has deservedly faced the full force of the global media.

Sterling is currently married to his wife Rochelle Sterling, but had an affair with V. Stiviano and made comments to the half-African American, half-Mexican about how he doesn't want to see her "associate with minorities".

But eventhough Sterling understands he is in the wrong, he believes the fine is unjust and is looking to take the action further by suing the league.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the fine and gave Sterling a life ban from the NBA last month, and since then the Chicago born businessman has appeared on CNN proclaiming his innocence to Anderson Cooper, whilst commenting that everyone is entitled to one mistake in their life.

"Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It's a terrible mistake, and I'll never do it again," he explained.

However Sterling's role as owner of the Clippers could be terminated in 30 days if the 80-year-old doesn't pay the fine, as the 29 owners of the NBA teams have the chance to vote on whether they believe Sterling should remain a part of their league.

Sterling took over the Clippers in 1981 for a value of $12.5 million dollars, and since then has watched the LA team grow into a dominate force who just missed out on an NBA play-off conference final place this season, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The players themselves have had their part to play in their views on Donald Sterling, refusing to show the Clippers' name on their training jerseys early on, and inspiring teams like Miami Heat to copy their actions to stand as one against the businessman.

This case has as well drawn in the attention of stars like Magic Johnson and LeBron James to comment about the removal of Sterling and has been getting the full support from the American President, Barack Obama.

Donald Sterling however has issued he isn't going to give up the Clippers, and having been the owner for nearly 34 years it looks as if Sterling wants to remain at the team.

Fans and players have a different opinion however, rebelling against the thought of the owner returning to the Staples Centre.

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