May 30, 2014 6:15 PM
Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is planning to sue the National Basketball League after he was forced to relinquish control of the team, NBC News has learned.
A source close to Sterling says that he will file a lawsuit this afternoon seeking damages in excess of $1 billion.
The lawsuit comes after former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer agreed to buy the Clippers for a league-high $2 billion. The NBA is reviewing the deal.
Ballmer negotiated the purchase with Sterling’s wife, Shelly. ESPN reported Thursday that Shelly was granted the authority to sell the team after experts declared Donald mentally incapacitated.
The couple each owned half of the team through a trust.