(USA TODAY) -- Banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling does not plan to pay the $2.5 million fine levied by the NBA, Sterling's attorney wrote in a letter to the NBA, a person with first-hand knowledge of the letter told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the letter, which was sent on Thursday.
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The attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher, also wrote that Sterling does warrant "any punishment at all" for his racist comments that were recorded in a conversation with a female friend and made public.
Blecher, a well-known antitrust attorney, also contends that the fine violates Sterling's due process rights.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on April 29 fined Sterling $2.5 million and issued him a lifetime ban. Silver also said he will urge other owners to force a sale of the Clippers and do everything in his power to ensure that.
The letter was in direct response to the fine and the lifetime ban.