Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling5 posts
28 Jul, 2014

Ex-wife can sell Clippers

A California judge’s preliminary ruling says Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, has the authority to reach an agreement with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for the sale of the franchise. If the deal goes through, the team will be sold to Ballmer for $2 million dollars. Mike Bass, the NBA executive vice president of communications in a statement from the league:

We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.

9 Jul, 2014

Won’t sell team

Announcement

Sterling denounces his wife, her lawyers and the NBA  in the second day of testimony:

Make no mistake today, I will never, ever sell this team and until I die I will be suing the NBA for this terrible violation under antitrust

As his wife followed him up to the stand, he shouts:

Get away from me, you pig!

Defiant testimony at trial

Trial

At the trial, Sterling, challenges the sale of the Clippers, says he’s mentally sound.  He claims the doctors that are declaring he has Alzheimer’s disease are “hired guns.”  He claims a bad memory about some of the controversial remarks that he is accused of, and he also says he can top the $2 billion dollar offer for the team by $10 billion by selling the TV rights to Fox and winning the antitrust suit filed against the NBA. As Sterling’s outbursts and comments continued, the judge tries to regain control of the situation:

Go back to answering questions rather than making somewhat entertaining comments.

His lawyers challenge the authority of Shelly Sterling, under a family trust, to cut a deal for the team with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

 

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