Donald Sterling Declared Mentally Unfit
Clippers owner can't block sale, according to report
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 30, 2014 6:49 AM CDT
Updated May 30, 2014 7:40 AM CDT
In this Feb. 25, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling looks on during a game about the Lakers.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

(Newser) – Donald Sterling has been declared mentally unfit to run the Sterling Family Trust, the entity that officially owns the Clippers, and hence cannot block the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer, sources tell USA Today and ESPN. Shelly Sterling put out a press release last night saying that she was selling the team "under her authority as the sole trustee," authority that she apparently gained when unspecified "experts" declared her 80-year-old husband incapacitated. Under the trust's rules, doing so doesn't require a court hearing.

Sources said Shelly Sterling and Ballmer signed final papers authorizing the sale just before midnight. Sterling said she was "delighted" and that Ballmer would be a "terrific" owner, while Ballmer promised not to try to move the team—the ex-Microsoft CEO once put in a bid for the Sacramento Kings with the goal of moving them to Seattle. After initially giving his wife permission to sell the team, Donald Sterling had reportedly changed his mind. "There's been no sale," one of his lawyers said just yesterday. "There can be no sale without Donald's signature." A source tells ESPN Shelly and Ballmer went ahead with the deal even in the face of such a statement due to their confidence "the sale would go through."

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May 31, 2014 11:08 PM CDT
I declare the skanky ho a 'tortfeasor.' imho.
Roddy Pfeiffer
May 31, 2014 6:19 AM CDT
So the plantation is changing hands. Say hello to the new Massah. Nothing new here folks, move along.
May 31, 2014 12:33 AM CDT
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, alleging breach of contract and a violation of his constitutional rights after the league banned him last month for making racially charged comments in a privately recorded conversation with his female companion. The suit seeks more than $1 billion in damages, the elimination of his ban and the elimination of his $2.5 million fine. It also seeks the reinstatement of former team president Andy Roeser, the removal of interim CEO Richard Parsons and the termination of the NBA's plan to terminate his family's ownership of the team.