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Report: Donald Sterling not approving Clippers sale; wants fine and ban lifted

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The pending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hit another potential snag on Friday, according to a report from the LA Times. It appeared Sterling had approved the sale of the Clippers on Wednesday and dropped his lawsuit against the NBA, but the 80-year-old may have misinterpreted what his standing with the league would be after he sells the team.

Apparently Sterling believed his $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban from the NBA would be lifted once he sold the Clippers. The LA Times cited a source familiar with the league’s stance who said that is not the case.

“In terms of saying something in a draft press release that indicated they would be dismissing the lifetime ban and the fine, that is not true at all,” the source reportedly said. “That doesn’t mean that [Sterling] wouldn’t have read something like that into it.

“But if they interpreted it that way that is wrong and there is no thought of lifting the lifetime ban or the fine being rescinded.”

Sterling’s wife Shelly, who said she is in charge of the Sterling Family Trust and does not need Donald’s signature, negotiated the sale of the Clippers. However, Ballmer prefers to have both Shelly and Donald sign off to avoid the risk of Donald later claiming that control of the Family Trust was illegally taken from him.

To recap, we have gone from Sterling giving Shelly permission to sell the team, to Sterling’s lawyer saying Donald will “fight to the bloody end” to keep the Clippers, to Sterling filing a lawsuit against the NBA, to Sterling dropping his lawsuit and approving the sale, to Sterling once again saying he has not approved the sale. And most of this stuff is coming from his lawyers, so it’s not just gossip.

The end may not be near, after all.

Donald Sterling to drop lawsuit against NBA, approve sale of Clippers

Donald SterlingBanned former Clippers owner Donald Sterling has approved the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and plans to drop his lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said Wednesday.

Sterling had plans to sue the league for $1 billion over his harsh punishment which included a lifetime ban from the league, but he will drop that.

ESPN reports that Sterling has reached a settlement with his wife, Shelly, regarding the sale of the Clippers. Translation: Donald is getting some fresh coin and going away money for the sale.

He must really be getting a hearty payout to drop his lawsuit like that. Sterling initially seemed furious about things and acted as if he were out for blood. What could make him change that attitude? Maybe Shelly promised him all the Viagra and side chicks he could possibly want.

Donald Sterling on sale of Clippers: It’s all good, I’m ready to move on

Donald SterlingDonald Sterling can’t seem to make up his mind about how he feels in the wake of an agreement being reached to sell his team. After sterling allegedly gave his wife the go-ahead to negotiate a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, his lawyer came out and said Sterling will “fight to the bloody end” to keep the team. Less than a week later, Sterling says it’s “all good.”

Fred Roggin of NBC4 in Los Angeles caught up with Sterling at a charity event Tuesday night and asked him how he felt about losing the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The 80-year-old is suddenly fine with it.

“I’m OK, I’m OK,” Sterling said. “Is the NBA OK? I’m not sure about that. Is (NBA Commissioner) Adam Silver OK? I’m sure he’s OK.”

Roggin then asked if it’s now time to move on with his life, and Sterling said “move on.”

Sterling’a obviously not all there. That’s not an excuse for the despicable remarks he made on the audio recording that landed him in this mess, but there’s no denying he’s starting to slip in his old age. Maybe he’s just at peace with making a profit of about $1.87 billion on his team and suing the NBA for another $1 billion. Or maybe he literally can’t keep track of his own thoughts.

Ex-lover/employee Maiko Maya King suing Donald Sterling

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Maiko Maya King, an ex-employee and lover/girlfriend of Donald Sterling, is suing her former boss claiming that he fired her after she rejected his racist and sexist taunts.

Despite being married with two children when she met Sterling in 2005, King supposedly was in a romantic relationship with the longtime Clippers owner from 2005-2011. Sterling supported her financially as she worked for his foundation. Two years after they broke up, she began working for Sterling as a personal assistant before she says she was fired.

King alleges that Sterling made multiple racist comments to her, which led her to end their relationship. Here’s a sampling of those alleged remarks:

- “How could you be married to a black man?”

- “Why would you bring black people into the world?”

- “I want to take you out of the black world and put you into the white world”; when they would fight he told her to “move back to the ghetto with a black man.”

- “Black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope.”

- “Mexicans just do drive-by shootings.”

Even though King broke off their relationship in 2011, she kept in contact with Sterling and reached out to him after her father died in 2013. She says they met in person and Sterling offered her a job working in marketing for the Clippers. He later changed the job offer in Dec. 2013 and offered King a position as his personal caretaker/assistant. He told her she would be paid $10,000 a month, given a car and home, and receive a $100,000 bonus if she showed loyalty to him.

Of course, if an offer like that sounds like it has strings attached, this certainly did.

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Donald Sterling attends service at a black church

Donald SterlingDonald Sterling may be on the verge of losing the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but that doesn’t mean the 80-year-old is giving up on trying to repair his image. His methods, however, have left many laughing.

On Sunday, Sterling attended a two-hour service at a predominantly African-American church in South Los Angeles. TMZ caught Sterling as he was leaving Praises of Zion Baptist Church and reported that he sat through an entire service. He had apparently planned the visit before an agreement was reached to sell the Clippers.

Sources told TMZ that roughly 30 people were in attendance at the service, and at least one man left with his children as soon as Sterling and his security staff entered. Another church member handed Sterling something as he was leaving and reached through his window to offer a sign of affection.

While it has been reported that the Sterling Trust (aka Shelly Sterling) has signed off on the sale of the Clippers and Donald’s signature is not needed, we expect him to explore all legal avenues and make the transaction difficult.

Donald Sterling filing $1 billion lawsuit against NBA

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Donald Sterling is planning to sue the NBA for over $1 billion in damages over his lifetime ban and terminated ownership.

A few days after an audio recording of Sterling making racist comments was published by TMZ, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling the maximum amount of $2.5 million, banned him from life from the NBA and said he could not be involved with the Clippers. Silver also said the league was moving to remove Sterling as owner of the Clippers.

That part was completed this week when Sterling’s wife, Shelly, agreed to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday for $2 billion.

As of now, Sterling is not suing to block the sale of the franchise, though he could decide to do that. The reason why the team was allowed to be sold is because Sterling was declared mentally unfit to make decisions, which made Shelly the 100-percent controller of the Sterling Family Trust. That gave her the power to transfer ownership of the team.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says the NBA believes it can stave off any lawsuits from Sterling and make Ballmer the team owner.

Sterling may be awarded some money in damages, but I think this sale of the franchise is going through.

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Donald Sterling was declared mentally incapacitated

Donald Sterling wifeWondering how Shelly Sterling was able to agree to a deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer without Donald’s approval? Now we have our answer.

According to ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne, experts declared Donald Sterling mentally incapacitated. Donald being declared mentally incapacitated allowed Shelly to become the sole trustee of the Sterling Family Trust. The Sterling Family Trust controls the Clippers, with Donald and Shelly each having 50 percent stake in the trust.

Being the sole trustee gave her the power to agree to a sale of the franchise. Shelly did just that, agreeing to let the former Microsoft CEO purchase the franchise for a record price of $2 billion.

Donald’s attorney has been vocal in saying they intend to fight the sale of the team, and you better believe that they will. They’ll go after Shelly, the Sterling Family Trust, Ballmer, and the NBA for arranging this sale without his consent and approval.

This sounds like the ultimate shady move and one that will be challenged in court.