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Donald Sterling Files New Lawsuit Against NBA and Shelly Sterling
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Shelly Sterling and the NBA have been accused of fraud by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a new lawsuit filed against the proposed sale of the team to former Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, according to Bloomberg.

The complaint was filed on Wednesday and it says that he is the sole shareholder of LAC Basketball Club Inc., which is the corporation that owns the Clippers. The complaint says that Shelly cannot sell the team to Ballmer without the consent of Donald Sterling. He requested that a judge freeze the sale and asked for unspecified damages in the case.


In the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Donald said Shelly’s “deliberate collaboration and collusion with the NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver, and Steve Ballmer was extreme and outrageous conduct.”

The lawsuit was filed in the middle of another case in which a probate judge will decide if Shelly can finish the sale to Ballmer. Shelly used doctor reports that found Donald mentally incapacitated.

Dick Parsons testified yesterday in the probate case. Parsons was appointed the interim leader of the Clippers in May following Donald’s racist comments. He said that the $2 billion offered by Ballmer “is a knock-out price” that will not be matched if the league forces a sale of the Clippers.

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Parsons also told the judge that sponsors, coaches and players are planning to abandon the team if Donald remains the owner. This includes head coach Doc Rivers.

“If Doc were to leave that would be a disaster,” Parsons said. “Doc is the father figure.”

Closing arguments in the case are slated for July 28. The judge will then issue a ruling in the case.

Donald was fined $2.5 million and banned for life after recordings of racist comments he made were released by TMZ in April. He told a girlfriend that he did not want her to bring black people to his Clippers games. He also told her he did not want her posting photos of herself with former NBA player Magic Johnson online.

“Donald’s latest lawsuit is a frivolous, last ditch act of desperation by a delusional, bitter man,” Pierce O’Donnell, the lawyer for Shelly, said in an e-mailed statement “This action shows once more how obsessed he is with ruining a record-setting $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers — a sale that would solve the problems his racist rant started three months ago.”

The new lawsuit filed by Donald claims that he holds sole title to the Clippers even though it was part of a family trust.

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  1. Pastor Burt Wilkins

    July 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Wednesday, July 23rd, finally today Donald Sterling did something right in probate court. His attorney’s actually brought in a respected Alzheimer’s and dementia doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings who testified as an expert that the evaluations done by the Plaintiff’s two doctors were improperly done because Shelly Sterling was in the examining room during those examinations.

    The question thus arises after a week of failure is this right move by the Defense to little and to late? The Doctor speculated in his opinion that having the wife in the room would have been a distraction, precluding concentration. To the contrary, doctors as a common practice invite spouses in while the other spouse is being examined to otherwise reassure and calm the patient, so that the doctor can better gain the patient’s confidence to enable the doctor to then proceed with the examination.

    The Defense doctor claimed that he was aware that there was tension between the two spouses is simply speculation and not a fact known by the doctor. Prior testimony does not support that Defense doctor’s speculation. At the time of examinations, Shelly Sterling was working for Donald, seeking and being positively encouraged by Donald to sell the Clippers as he had instructed. At that time, he only had words of praise for his wife.

    Is speculation of tension or distraction sufficient to cause the presiding judge to deny the propriety of the Plaintiffs examinations of the Defendant? No supporting evidence or testimony was offered by the Defense. Till now Donald’s stated opinion of his wife has been to date that at one moment she has been for him an angel and then in anger next describes her as a “pig”. Which opinion or neither should the judge accept from Donald Sterling? The scriptures offer this sound advice: (James 1:8 KJV) “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” And further, the scriptures states to such double minded individuals, (James 1:7 KJV) “Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” Expert witnesses are decisive when testifying as to facts known by them gathered by their own professional observations rather than opinion based on speculation.

    Interestingly, the Defense’s doctor (1) never offered an opinion as to whether Donald Sterling had Alzheimer’s, (2) nor did he offer the results of any clinical tests he may or should have given Donald Sterling as to whether Donald Sterling had Alzheimer’s, or (3) his expert observations of Donald Sterling behavior while in his presence as being consistent or inconsistent with that of a patient that has or has not Alzheimer’s disease. Here you must realize that the Plaintiff’s doctors did testify on all three of these points. Thus it appears certain that the Defense made a critical if not absolutely fatal error by offering such limited expert testimony. The Defense doctor only questioned the propriety of having the spouse in the room for the examinations, and not the findings of the Plaintiff’s doctors that Donald Sterling has in fact Alzheimer’s. Despite the Defense’s objections, the judge has already ruled that the testimony by the Plantiff’s doctors are admissible. Therefore, the judge will find that based upon the uncontested testimony of all the expert witnesses from both sides presented to the court that Donald Sterling has Alzheimer’s as an uncontested fact, thus justifying Shelly Sterling’s removal of Donald Sterling as trustee.

    The case is now in recess till Monday, when closing arguments by either side will be made. No further testimony or evidence will be accepted by the court from either side. It’s over.

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