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.
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.
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!
Sterling releases a written statement through his lawyer, in reaction to the NBA’s desire that he sell the Los Angeles Clippers. In the statement, he describes the NBA’s officials as “a band of hypocrites and bullies.” He describes the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, as
focusing his energy on violating my rights, attempting to take my property, and signing autographs for TMZ
Sterling pulls his support from a potential deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballimer, the former CEO of Microsoft. Instead, he will further pursue a lawsuit against the NBA. In a statement titled “The Team is Not for Sale,” Sterling claims:
From the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announces his intention to ban Donald Sterling from the NBA. The ban would not allow Sterling from associating with the Clippers or the NBA and he would never be allowed to attend another game. Silver also fines sterling the maximum amount of $2.5 million.
More racist quotes surface from Sterling. In a recent phone call with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, Sterling is heard saying in reference to his team members:
Do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?