Donald Sterling Sues the NBA for More Than $1 Billion Over Clippers' Sale to Steve Ballmer
We were all really hoping that the racist and bigoted former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers would kinda fade away, an unpleasant but distant memory. But Donald Sterling is suing the NBA over the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer instead. The suit seeks more than $1 billion in damages. Obviously a lot of people think Sterling doesn't have a legal leg to stand on, or they wouldn't have gone ahead and sold the team in the first place.
Sterling's estranged wife and the team's co-owner, Shelly Sterling, sold the Clippers on Thursday for the record-snapping price of $2 billion, the most ever paid for an NBA team and the second-most paid for a sports team in history. But Donald Sterling promised to fight back, and now he's made good.
Anyway, it'd be surprising if this amounts to anything. Here is a short list of people who can afford really good lawyers: Steve Ballmer. Surely Ballmer knew what he was getting himself into when he bought the team, and the NBA knew what it was doing on Thursday when it said that, given the impending sale, it was suspending proceedings to formally kick Donald Sterling out as owner. Here's what the NBA said at the time, according to CNN:
The NBA, Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust today resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. ... Mrs. Sterling and the Trust also agreed not to sue the NBA and to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including from Donald Sterling.
Maybe Sterling just didn't get the memo? CNN reports that two neurologists have said he is mentally incapacitated, which his lawyer, Max Blecher, disputes. Apparently there's a provision in the (secret) trust that gives the co-owner full control if the other is "mentally incapacitated," according to USA Today.
Anyway, we're hopeful this gets sorted out soon, just so everyone can stop paying attention to Donald Sterling.