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Report: Donald Sterling withdraws support of team's sale, resumes lawsuit of NBA

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Donald Sterling has changed his mind about selling the L.A. Clippers, withdrawing his support and resumes his lawsuit against the NBA, according to media reports. (Source: CNN) Donald Sterling has changed his mind about selling the L.A. Clippers, withdrawing his support and resumes his lawsuit against the NBA, according to media reports. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – Donald Sterling's attorney says his client is withdrawing support for the team's sale, several media outlets are reporting.

Also, Sterling will be filing the $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA.

Last week, Sterling and his attorney Max Blecher said they would accept the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

"Obviously it's not about the money, and the $2 billion deal. It's more about the restoration of his integrity and dignity. That's what he wanted the NBA to do when he said I'll get out of the league, I'll sell the team but you should do something for me," Blecher said. "They didn't do one single thing to restore his dignity or prestige. So I think the deal fell apart because of that. That's my own personal perception."

Sterling co-owns the Los Angeles Clippers with his estranged wife, Shelly, who oversaw the negotiations of the team. She is reportedly seeking an emergency order from a court to proceed with the sale.

"From day one, Mr. Sterling did not want to sell or leave the team. The team is part of the persona. He's very much attached to it. He's very much attached to the fan base and he did not want to sell this team," Blecher said. "It was only under the pressure of the league confiscating the team that he agreed with Shelly that she could sell the team and he would consent to it. She orchestrated the sale, not him. He was reluctant about it all of the time."

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