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Donald Sterling Reverses Course Again, Plans To Fight NBA

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Donald Sterling is a lot of things. Filthy rich. Racist. Terrible at owning an NBA franchise.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the end of May, leaving him unfit to handle the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sterling’s favorite hat, though: flip-flopper. (I’ll spare you the John Kerry-related joke.)

Three days after claiming that he would lay to rest his $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA, the new “The Donald” says it’s back on, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Shelburne reported late Monday evening that the former Clippers owner has withdrawn his support of wife Shelly’s sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

“I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights,” Sterling said in a statement Monday. “While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled.”

Jun 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during press conference before game two of the 2014 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Wire conveniently put together a timeline of the entire saga. Since May 15, Sterling has changed his mind over the lawsuit eight times, that we know of.

We’re no mental health experts at LA Sports Hub, so we can’t say for sure the indecisiveness has nothing to do with the Alzheimer’s. But it’s hard to imagine Sterling’s legal counsel would stick behind him on so many backtracks without having his reasons.

We’re not in the legal business either. But it appears Sterling’s plea will fall on deaf ears, as Shelly Sterling agreed to indemnify the NBA from damages in any lawsuit brought on by her husband. It appears he will have to fight his estranged wife in California probate court before he can have any hope of a shot at Adam Silver.

Sterling’s most recent announcement comes on the heels of Silver’s annual NBA Finals media address, in which he firmly stated that he would not lift the lifetime ban or reduce the $2.5 million fine. According to Shelburne, Sterling’s attorney Max Blecher declined comment on connecting the two events. The rest of the players involved feel confident the sale will continue as planned.

Just when everyone thought we were in the clear, that Sterling was ready to ride his $2 billion into the sunset, he brought us right back in.

Hold on to your hats and find out what happens on the next episode of “Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Apparently not Donald Sterling.”

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