Donald Sterling sent the NBA a 32-page response Tuesday arguing his case against the charges brought against him in relation to the racist comments he made on an audio recording made public back in April.
The disgraced LA Clippers owner rejected the punishment handed out by the league throughout the document, even referencing the actions of LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to refute the ruling made by the league.
As reported by USA Today the document read:
"It's facially ludicrous that what Mr. Sterling said in these circumstances could produce the equivalent of the death penalty while Kobe Bryant called a referee a "f***ing faggot" on national television sustaining only a modest $100,000 fine. Mr. Sterling did not deny that the words he uttered were "stupid, foolish, (and) uneducated."
Kobe was indeed fined $100,000 after being seen to utter the derogatory comments towards an official during a Lakers-Spurs game that was broadcast live to a national audience.
The Lakers player apologized for his remarks, claiming they "they should not be taken literally", and whilst it was clearly wrong for Bryant to make such comments it seems far-fetched for Sterling to try and claim his actions were on the same-level in light of Sterlings history of discriminative actions.
The entire document, which can be seen in more detail here, sees Sterling appeal the lifetime ban imposed on him earlier this year and has been filed in preparation for a June 3 hearing in which Sterling will learn whether he will lose his right to own the LA Clippers.