Report: Donald Sterling went out for drinks with doctor after mental capacity exam
Donald Sterling is in the process of trying to prove that he is still capable of running the Los Angeles Clippers. Prior to Shelly Sterling negotiating a sale of the team with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Donald was declared mentally incapacitated when he couldn’t perform simple tasks like numbering a clock or spelling words backwards.
According to ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne, Sterling will now argue that the findings of one of the doctors who examined him are invalid. Why? Because the doc supposedly went out for dinner and drinks with Sterling, his wife and a family friend after the exam.
In court documents filed last week, Donald Sterling’s attorneys said that “it was unclear at what point a medical examination ceased and a social interaction began, with the consumption of alcoholic beverages taking place.”
(Sterling’s attorney Bobby Samini) said Monday night that when the doctor in question is cross-examined during the four-day trial that is set to begin July 7, he would ask whether “any part of your professional evaluation would take into consideration the conversation you had with him at the Polo Lounge.”
Sterling’s attorneys have decided that they will now examine whether Shelly Sterling followed the correct procedure outlined in the Sterling Family Trust regarding competency. In other words, Sterling’s legal team will focus on the exam procedure itself rather than whether he is actually mentally competent.