AP Source: Sterling says he won’t pay fine

ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer
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A statue of Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson is displayed outside of the Staples Center in front of a Los Angeles Clippers banner reading "One Team, One Goal," Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

A statue of Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson is displayed outside of the Staples Center in front of a Los Angeles Clippers banner reading “One Team, One Goal,” Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

Donald Sterling’s lawyer has written the NBA stating the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers does not intend to pay the $2.5 million fine imposed by the league for racist comments, a person with knowledge of the letter’s contents said.

Sports Illustrated first reported the letter from Maxwell Blecher. The contents were confirmed by the person who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Blecher, a prominent antitrust attorney, acknowledged sending a letter but would not discuss its contents Friday.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and imposed the fine following the release late last month of a recording in which Sterling makes racist remarks. Silver also called on owners to vote Sterling out of the league.

 

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