Donald Sterling is seeking to question NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and V. Stiviano in the former Clippers owner’s federal antitrust lawsuit against the league, according to court papers obtained Friday.
A filing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles named 18 witnesses, including Sterling’s wife Shelly, retired NBA Commissioner David Stern and former Clippers interim Chief Executive Dick Parsons, that could be called as witnesses in the case.
Sterling sued the National Basketball Association in federal court for more than $1 billion in damages immediately after his wife agreed in May to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The league counter-sued, alleging that Sterling’s widely broadcast comments about blacks harmed the league.
The filing Thursday comes a month after the possibility of a settlement emerged.
A scheduling conference is now set for Dec. 4 before U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin.
The 80-year-old Sterling dropped a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last month accusing his estranged wife, Shelly, the NBA and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver of fraud in the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to Ballmer.
— City News Service