Donald Sterling is refusing to relinquish control of the Los Angeles Clippers without a fight, with his lawyer commenting late Tuesday that his disgraced client is willing to "fight to the bloody end" against the NBA's imposed punishment.
Sterling was handed a lifetime ban from the league earlier this month, with Adam Silver and co hoping to force the 81-year-old to sell his stake in the LA franchise in the coming weeks after Sterling was heard making racist remarks on audio recordings.
Max Blecher, Sterling's lawyer, came out fighting on his clients behalf last night however launching an attack on the very foundations of the NBA's case against the Clippers owner:
"I believe what they've done is illegal and it will not hold up in court," Blecher relayed to ESPN.
"I believe what they're doing is a blatant invasion of his constitutional rights because they're using a tape recording that he did not consent to, and under California law, that recording cannot be used for any purpose, for any proceeding.
"So if the basis of their case is illegal evidence, they don't have much of a case... The whole this is a pile of garbage," concluded the lawyer.
Sterling is also apparently rejecting any claims that he has made a deal with his wife which would allow Shelly Sterling to sell the Clippers on his behalf:
"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," explained Blecher.
Mrs Sterling had previously claimed that her team had a deal in place which meant she could lease directly with the league in search of a buyer.
The news comes as Sterling's team sent their official response to the NBA ahead of a proposed June 3 hearing, with the owner vehemently defending his position.