Latest News / May 30, 2014 / 10:15 am

Report: Donald Sterling Declared “Mentally Incapacitated”

Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

It was supposed to be a long slog through court proceedings to get disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling to relinquish his team, but last night co-owner and wife Shelly Sterling revealed they’d accepted a $2 billion bid from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. According to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, Donald was declared “mentally incapacitated” under the terms of the trust to own the team and was forced to cede all power to Shelly for the sale.

This soap opera keeps coming up with twists every day, so stay tuned for a Lifetime movie about the Sterlings at some point in the near future; not that they need the money. Here’s Shelburne:

The NBA hasn’t approved the sale, but Shelly and Steve signed the paperwork last night, and expedited delivery to the league office before the NBA’s board of governor’s meeting on June 3. In that meeting, the league’s owners are expected to vote unanimously to force Sterling to sell.

“I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner,” Shelly Sterling said in her statement. “We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident Steve will take the team to new levels of success.”

“I will be honored to have my name submitted to the NBA Board of Governors for approval as the next owner of the Los Angeles Clippers,” Ballmer said in his statement. “I love basketball. And I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win – and win big – in Los Angeles.”

Ballmer originally bid $1.8 billion, but went another $200 million in negotiations to further distance himself from potential owner David Geffen (with Larry Ellison and Oprah Winfrey behind him) who offered $1.6 billion.

Still, the NBA has not offered a comment on any of this just yet, so stay tuned for more as it develops.

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  • 2cents

    So if someone makes racial comments in America, they get obscenely rewarded???

    Interesting.

  • SweetdickWilly

    Falls in line with what I’ve been saying Day 1 especially with the law and the fact that the league has selectively enforced discriminatory comments. You can’t prosecute independent and individual thought unless it’s been proven to cause harm. You can’t just take property and he can still sue the NBA and his bedwench since those recordings are illegal and Adam Silver only acted because he’s a fan boy of Magic’s. Nobody other than Elgin Baylor challenged Sterling on his bullshit and even still he got off because as most of us know, America also allows for employers to fire people without a reason, let alone a fair and or rational one. Shit, look at what happened to Adrian Dantley. We also still haven’t heard the whole convo either. There’s a chance that the reptile could be telling the truth about what he said and meant about being jealous. The NBA could very well lose in court, so Sterling will get the severance package of the millennium.

  • 2cents

    Yeah, I heard you back when this fiasco started that this is a dangerous situation. FUBR