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Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (80) / 4/26/1934

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Donald Sterling lost his court case on Monday, as the judge ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling, rejecting all of Donald's arguments.
Steve Ballmer is now set to be the Clippers next owner, and the sale is expected to be finalized by August 15. The judge's ruling on Monday is only a tentative oral decision, and not legally binding, but it would be shocking to see a sudden reversal of the decision. The ruling is essentially appeal-proof, and hopefully this is the last we will hear of Donald Sterling. This is a huge victory for the NBA and it looks like the league is in good hands with commissioner Adam Silver at the helm. Jul 28 - 6:08 PM

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Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit in Superior court on Tuesday vs. his wife and the NBA.

The suit alleges corporate fraud and that Donald is the sole shareholder of the Clippers. This is another lawsuit filed against the NBA on top of the federal case against them. This story isn't going away any time soon.
Jul 22 - 8:40 PM

Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified in court on Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers said he'll quit if Donald Sterling is not removed as the team's owner.

Parsons was testifying in probate court, as part of a case dealing with Shelly Sterling's sale of the team to potential owner Steve Ballmer -- a sale Donald Sterling is trying to stop. Sterling practiced law throughout his adult life and he's vowed to exhaust all legal means to retain the Clippers franchise, but the NBA's front office is adamant that he will eventually be removed. Sterling did meet with Steve Ballmer on Monday in a meeting described as "cordial," so there's still a glimmer of hope that he'll voluntarily relinquish control.
Source: AP
Jul 22 - 6:27 PM

Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with prospective buyer Steve Ballmer on Monday.

In the latest chapter of the Sterling saga, the embattled Clippers owner sat down with Ballmer for the first time on Monday to discuss the former Microsoft executive's bid for the team. It is unclear exactly what the two sides discussed in the meeting, but the session was described as "cordial" by sources familiar with the situation. Sterling is due to appear in probate court on Tuesday to determine whether Shelly Sterling acted properly when she took over the family trust that owns the NBA franchise and other assets, so there are likely more twists and turns to come before this is over.
Jul 22 - 11:08 AM

When Donald Sterling revoked the Sterling Family Trust on July 9, he triggered a process that could result in a default of nearly $500 million the Sterlings owe to three banks.

"I warned [Donald] that the revocation of the trusts would at some point lead to the default of our loans," Darren Schield, the CFO who manages the day-to-day operations of the Sterling' multi-billion dollar real estate empire testified. "I told him that the revocation would open up Pandora’s Box and there would be severe repercussions. We have to start selling our real estate. We have no choice. I don’t know if we could sell that many properties that quickly. Very likely it would be at reduced prices." Wednesday will be the final day of testimony, and Monday will be the closing arguments. Hopefully this won’t be a "story" much longer.
Jul 21 - 6:33 PM

Donald Sterling appeared in court on Tuesday as part of his fight to control the Clippers' franchise, but he was combative and erratic during an hour-long hearing.

He is claiming that his wife Shelly Sterling shouldn't have the power to unilaterally sell the Clippers, and that tests proving his mental incapacity should be invalidated. His performance in court didn't help his case, as he accused legendary lawyer Bert Fields of being a "smart ass" during questioning and exhorted him to "Stand up and be a man!" He also failed to answer any questions directly, but he'll be back on the stand when the probate trial continues on Wednesday.
Source: L.A. Times
Jul 9 - 9:46 AM

Donald Sterling filed a motion to have his trial with Shelly moved from probate court to federal court.

It's based primarily around how he feels his privacy rights have been violated by the release of his medical records. This story won't be going away any time soon, but the Clippers are still able to make moves on their roster. Although, they have lost out on several assistant coaches.
Jul 3 - 7:22 PM

Donald Sterling will argue that the results of his mental health examination were compromised because the administering doctor went out for dinner and drinks with him.

"It was unclear at what point a medical examination ceased and a social interaction began," Sterling's lawyer wrote in a court document. The upcoming trial regarding the sale of the Clippers will initially focus on whether Shelly Sterling followed the provisions of the family trust when establishing Donald's mental competency, "and whether she has a responsibility to complete the sale after Donald Sterling revoked the trust on June 9." Although he wrote a letter of consent for his wife to sell the team on May 22, his lawyers now contend that it was not a "blanket authorization" allowing her to sell the team to Steve Ballmer. The Sterlings will begin a four-day trial on July 7.
Jul 1 - 2:11 PM

Shelly Sterling has been denied an emergency protective motion that would guard her against potential harassment from Donald Sterling.

The judge that denied her motion also told all parties involved to "tone down their rhetoric." The situation between Donald, Shelly, and the NBA seems far from an amicable ending and could be tied up in litigation for the foreseeable future. Shelly's sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion will remain on hold until the court proceeding run their course.
Jun 19 - 3:30 PM

Shelly Sterling will seek a protective order to guard against potential harassment from Donald Sterling and his lawyers.

Shelly Sterling and her lawyers will be in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday morning and will reportedly present evidence that her estranged husband and his lawyers have threatened and intimidated witnesses. Shelly Sterling is attempting to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer and is arguing for an expeditious court ruling on her authority to sell them team before the NBA resumes termination proceedings against Donald Sterling on September 15. We'll update this situation as it unfolds, but there will undoubtedly be more than a few chapters added to this saga before it ends.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 11:25 AM

Donald Sterling hired four private investigators to dig up "dirt" on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners.

The investigators were reportedly given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days. The report adds the investigators are also looking to whether other owners made any sexist or racist remarks. Sterling is believed to be on a mission to make the NBA look like a hypocrite and he's not going away any time soon.
Jun 13 - 9:54 AM

Shelly Sterling's motion to expedite the trial to affirm the Sterling trust was denied and a new hearing will begin on July 7.

Whether or not Donald Sterling is mentally incapacitated has been a big issue in this process. A third neurologist has been asked to review Donald's case while the two previous documents have already been filed. Donald's lawyer, Max Blecher, said there's "about a two percent chance" a judge will find him mentally incompetent. If Donald wins the trial, Shelly would not be able to sell the team and the NBA would oust both of them and sell the team. We hope you're ready for the Summer of Sterling.
Jun 11 - 3:57 PM

The NBA will reinstate the owner termination hearing against Donald Sterling if Sterling is successful in convincing a probate court that he is mentally fit to remain owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to David Aldridge of

"We will challenge it -- and we will win," Sterling's lawyer Max Blecher said. The news broke yesterday of Sterling backing out of the deal with Steve Ballmer, and his $1 billion lawsuit of the NBA is now back on. Blecher added he was "sure" Sterling would undergo further testing to prove he wasn't mentally incapacitated. If that is reversed, Shelly Sterling's deal to indemnify the NBA would remain, but the family trust's indemnity of NBA could become void. Unfortunately, we're still talking about this during the NBA Finals.
Jun 10 - 10:44 PM

Donald Sterling's lawyer issued a statement saying that his client would continue pursuing a lawsuit against the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver.

Sterling's mental incapacity cost him the right to make decisions for his trust, which along with soon-to-be ex-wife Shelley has agreed to indemnify the NBA in any suit. So he's basically suing himself, and this is more comedy sideshow and tantrum than viable strategy as he reportedly seeks to get his lifetime ban and $2.5M fine lifted. USA Today reported that "Sterling's only recourse is to prove that a test he agreed to take and was legally binding was either rigged or inaccurate." Sources have maintained throughout the saga that the NBA has the legal high ground here, and it seems unlikely that they'll budge.
Jun 9 - 10:36 PM

Under the terms provided in the pending sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, Shelly Sterling will still have a small role in the organization, according to two individuals close to the negotiations.

The deal allows for 10 percent of the team, or $200 million, to go to a charitable organization that Shelly would run. The charity would target underprivileged families, battered women, minorities and inner city youths. Shelly will also receive the title of "owner emeritus," and be entitled to continuing perks such as floor seats, additional seats at games, and parking. Donald Sterling had agreed to sell the team Wednesday and drop his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA assuming "all their differences had been resolved." However, because the NBA has refused to budge on their lifetime ban of Donald, or revoke the $2.5 million fine, Donald has yet to officially sign off on the deal.
Jun 8 - 10:10 AM

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