LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA’s former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling’s legal strategy.

Investigators were given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days to examine the league’s finances, allegations of previous discriminatory conduct and compensation to past Commissioner David Stern and current Commissioner Adam Silver, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity. The person wasn’t authorized to talk publicly.

The person said the investigators also are looking into whether other owners made any off-color jokes, or racist or sexist remarks.

“The gloves are off, as they say,” the person said. “Have them dig up all the dirt they can find.”

The 80-year-old Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion in federal court after the league tried to oust him as Clippers owner for making racist remarks to a girlfriend that were recorded and publicized. Silver fined him $2.5 million and banned him for life.

The suit alleges the league violated Sterling’s constitutional rights by relying on information from an “illegal” recording. It also said the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.

Sterling’s attorneys will also be facing off with his wife’s attorneys in probate court during a four-day hearing scheduled for July.

The probate court hearing centers on whether Shelly Sterling had the right to unilaterally negotiate a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said she made the deal as the sole administrator of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the team, after two doctors determined her estranged husband was mentally “incapacitated.” Donald Sterling is fighting that conclusion and her authority to sell.

The person who spoke to the AP said Donald Sterling reluctantly agreed to hire private investigators after this week’s legal proceedings in probate court. The NBA submitted a legal filing Wednesday urging a judge to confirm Shelly Sterling’s authority to sell the team.

“He realized these guys will literally go to any low to get this sold,” the person said. “Even if it gets (him) nothing other than exposing all these guys and shaking up the league and seeing a change in the leadership of the league, it’ll be worth it to him.”

The firms will be engaged in an “audition” of sorts, the individual said: “whoever delivers the best (material) is going to stay on for the next round and it might be all four of them…29 owners is not a small undertaking.”

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5 thoughts on “Donald Sterling Hires Investigators

  1. BILL GATES, PAUL ALLEN AND STEVE BALLMER, are all cut from the same
    cloth!!! I was arguing with Mary Gates, (Bill Gates mother) when she
    was on the Board of Regents at the University of Washington about
    divesting from businesses doing business with APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA?
    When I sued the URBAN LEAGUE LEECHES about their neo-colonial take over
    and subversion of positive youth activities, Bill Gates dad (Bill Gates
    Sr.) turned up as their Lawyer. The BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION,
    provided the seed money for the 36 CONDOS AND FAKE “NORTHWEST AFRICAN
    AMERICAN MUSEUM” (NAAM). YES, “NAAM IS A SCAM”. the URBAN LEAGUE
    LEECHES then went bust with their neo-colonial take over of the “SMALL
    BUSINESS /CONTRACTOR’S RESOURCE CENTER”. So this is my response to the
    DONALD STERLING CLIPPERS PLANTATION EXPOSURE AND BILL GATES AND PAUL
    ALLEN’S MICRSOFT PARTNER STEVE BALLMERS PURCHASE OF THE LA CLIPPER
    PLANTATION FOR 2 BILLION DOLLARS($ 2,OOO,OOO,OOO)?

    FYI
    ARE WE
    CRAZZZZZZY????? STEVE BALLMER’S 2 BILLION COULD END ALL HOMELESSNESS IN
    SEATTLE? WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT ANOTHER WHITE PLANTATION OWNER WITH
    “BLACK LABOR”?? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STERLINGS, STEVEN
    BALLMER OR BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON OWNING THE LA CLIPPERS PLANTATION???
    IF AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE 80% OF THE NBA AND 99% OF TOP BASKETBALL
    PLAYERS, WHY ARE NO BASKETBALL TALENT WHITES THE TEAM / PLANTATION
    OWNERS? YES ECONOMIC APARTHEID / PLANTATION POLITICS (HARLEM
    GLOBETROTTERS) IS STILL OPERATIVE!!!!! THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, Omari
    Tahir

    FYI
    MR..PRESIDENT MR STERLING IS NOT “IGNORANT”. HE IS TRUTHFUL AND HONEST
    ABOUT THE PAST AND PRESENT US POLITICAL ECONOMIC SOCIAL SYSTEM AND MOST
    IMPORTANT PAST AND PRESENT “US WHITE SUPREMACY”/ BLACK LABOR CULTURE!!
    “THE KING HAS NO CLOTHES”
    Mr.
    Sterling is a typical “EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL BUSINESS MAN”
    operating on the land PIRATED FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPED BY
    AFRICAN:”SLAVE LABOR” THROUGH GENOCIDAL TERRORISM !!!! LIKE HIS FELLOW
    EURO DESCENDANT BANKERS, MOVIE EXECUTIVES. INDUSTRIALISTS, POLITICIANS,
    CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, EVANGELICAL AND OTHER “WHITE JESUS” RELIGIOUS
    LEADERS. The “WHITE SUPREMACY COURT” has ruled in the DRED SCOTT CASE
    THAT “A BLACK MAN HAS NO RIGHTS A WHITE MAN IS BOUND TO RESPECT”? What
    is new???? “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME”??? IT
    IS TIME THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS STOP
    “PLAYING AS VICTIMS”,,,, FORM AND CONTROL THEIR OWN MULTI- ETHNIC
    LEAGUES AND THEN MERGE WITH THE NBA AND NFL!!!!! PLANTATIONS SHOULD HAVE
    MORE THAN JUST “WHITE” OWNERS IN 2014 FORWARD OR THE BLACK HORSES DON’T
    RUN!!!!…………….. TALENT EQUALS CONTROL.??????? FOR THE SAKE OF
    JUSTICE YOU CAN THROW IN $$$TRILLIONS FOR “REPAIRATIONS”
    (REPARATIONS) 400 YEARS OF UNPAID BLACK “SLAVE LABOR” BEFORE THE NBA
    AND NFL!!!!!!!! YES, YES, YES JUSTICE AND AN END TO ECONOMIC
    APARTHEID!!!! Omari Tahir FOUNDER African American Heritage Museum and
    Culture Center and AFRICATOWN SEATTLE (SUPER SONICS).

  2. I said it. on said:

    Checkmate. There will be so much sort that surfaces, people will talk about it until the end of the year.

    The important thing is not to be flabbergasted, or sidetracked by these racists. They aren’t going anywhere and heavy in numbers. We have to continue to push forward in progress.

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