Biggest Fines in NBA history
Donald Sterling – Illegal Franchise Move – $6 million
Even though the racist remarks earned Sterling his most infamous fine, it was not the biggest. His biggest fine was $25 million dollars for moving the Clippers from San Diego to Los Angeles without league approval in 1984.
Sterling was encourage by his friend and Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, who won an antitrust suit against the NFL, allowing him to move the team to Los Angeles without the league’s consent.
Sterling tried to sue the NBA, but dropped it after the fine was reduced to $6 million.