Former Clipper owner Donald Sterling is trying to get back the people that took him down. According to TMZ, Sterling is suing V. Stiviano and TMZ over the recording and publishing of a conversation he had with Stiviano.
Sterling filed the lawsuit Friday in L.A. … claiming Stiviano “surreptitiously” recorded their convo sometime between September 2013 and April 2014 — and then either she, or her agents, provided that recording to TMZ.
The audio that was released from Sterling caused him to receive a lifetime ban from the NBA. This is just another chapter in this saga, that appears to be never ending. Stiviano has already been ordered to pay back Shelly Sterling more than $2.6 million in gifts as part of a separate court case. Donald Sterling also filed for divorce from his wife last week.
Sterling has very little to gain from these lawsuits, but it seems as if ego wouldn’t let this situation end.
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Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his lawsuit against the NBA & its’ owners today, according to a statement made by the Associated Press. The judge on the case ruled against Sterling, allowing his estranged wife, Ms. Shelly Sterling to finally sell the Clippers after an upsetting battle that has gone back & forth for months. Ballmer- who is the former CEO of Microsoft– will be taking their place.
“I can’t believe it’s over. I feel good,” she said. –AP
Neither can we, Shelly. Neither can we.
Let us know how you feel about the outcome on Twitter & Facebook.
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I previously reported that due to ongoing hearings, there’s a possibility that Donald Sterling may still be the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers by the time the 2014-15 NBA season begins. This would be a huge problem for players like Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and Clippers coach Doc Rivers who are all abhorred with Sterling’s racist remarks and do not want to play for him.
Chris Paul told ESPN.com that it’s “unacceptable” if Donald Sterling is still the owner of the team when the season begins.
Paul also said he has spoken to coach Doc Rivers about the possibility of sitting out if Sterling remains in control when the seasons starts in a little more than two months.
That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul said Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”
“We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake [Griffin], DJ[DeAndre Jordan]. It’s unacceptable.”
Sterling’s wife Shelly came to an agreement with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the Clippers for a record $2 billion. Donald however refutes the claim that he’s mentally incompetent and if the judge agrees with him then Shelly’s sale would become void. Closing arguments in the hearing are set for Monday. If the judge rules in Shelly’s favor things can be wrapped up fairly quickly as the NBA will most definitely approve the sale. If Donald wins that further complicates things and will lead to more court proceedings as he vows to fight “as long as he lives.”
The NBA has said it will resume termination proceedings for Donald Sterling if the sale if it’s not closed by Sept. 15. Training camp will open in early October.
– Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)
This thing is nowhere close to over, unfortunately
Donald Sterling turned the basketball world on its head in April without lifting a finger, or shooting a free throw. The absurd racist rant his girlfriend, V. Stiviano recorded and leaked to TMZ started what’s has become a 4-month marathon of interviews, negotiations, absurd claims, arguments,and, on The La Clippers side of things, hurt, confusion and anger surrounding the bigoted comments of their shamed owner.
In April, The Clippers were outside favorites to potentially represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, and following a bittersweet elimination from playoff contention–The Clips’ loss to the Thunder in 6 games at least meant they no longer had to suit up for Sterling–the side show that is an everlasting game of musical chairs between Donald Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons, Head Coach Doc Rivers, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the media has taken center stage.
Sterling today filed a new injunction claiming his wife Shelly had no right to sell the team because he was the sole owner, Ballmer isn’t the current owner of the team, and despite of several vain efforts to remove Donald Sterling from power, he is still ultimately the team’s owner.
Doc Rivers on the other hand has maintained that should Sterling remain the coach, he’s leaving. No matter how close the Clippers are to being a contender–which they are if they stay healthy and play defense– Rivers has placed a paramount on his integrity above all. In court on tuesday Parsons testified that on multiple occasions he has spoke with Rivers in which he expressed this sentiment.
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Donald Sterling and his estranged wife Shelly are still partaking in court proceedings to decide who has the legal right to sell the team. Closing arguments are set for July 28 and even after a decision, appeals could follow. The process could take quite some time including finalizing a sale once the proceedings are over.
Shelly negotiated a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to purchase the Clippers for $2.5 billion. She contends that she has the legal right to sell the team because Donald was diagnosed as mentally incompetent by a doctor. Donald says the doctor’s reports are false and he’s perfectly capable of running and selling the team himself. The time it takes to set everything straight could mean Donald and Shelly might still be the owners of the Clippers by the time the 2014-15 season begins.
Sterling still owning the team would present a problem for players who are against playing for him. National Basketball Players Association vice president Roger Mason Jr. said LeBron James would boycott if Sterling still owned the Clippers when the 2014-15 season began, but Mason later backtracked from that assertion. The league cancelled it’s scheduled vote to remove Donald because they believed everything was settled with the deal Shelly negotiated. They can reschedule the vote but the timeline could still roll over into the season.
– Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)
After missing day one of the hearing, Donald Sterling rolled into the courtroom on Tuesday to plead his case on who gets to sell the Clippers. His wife Shelly Sterling struck a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the Clippers for $2 billion. Shelly believed she had the right to complete the sale due to a doctor’s diagnosis of Donald being mentally incompetent. Donald says the diagnosis is wrong and he’s perfectly fine, leading this hearing to take place to finally decide who legally has the right to sell the team.
Donald was his usual eccentric self saying things like, “It’s ludicrous to think she could run a corporation. She’s beautiful, but she can’t run anything”, in reference to his wife Shelly.
He also called Shelly’s lawyer a “smart ass.”
Donald told the court he believes he could strike a better deal than Shelly for the Clippers, saying he could fetch between $2.5 and $5 billion for the team.
– Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)
It’s been known by some that Donald Sterling has some weird eccentricities and traits that many would find repugnant. However with the release of racist tapes by his girlfriend/right hand or whatever she wants to be called, V. Stiviano exposed the world to who Sterling really is and since then more stories have risen.
The latest is a detailed piece by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne which you can read in full here. One of the excerpts details a party Sterling threw for the Clippers in 2012 to celebrate them making the playoffs. Sterling manages to make the joyous occasion an awkward one.
In 2012, he hired Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin impersonators for a party to celebrate the Clippers’ playoff berth. The Marilyn impersonator tried and failed to coax Blake Griffin and Chris Paul up on stage with her before seductively serenading then-coach Vinny Del Negro while everyone in the room watched. “It was awkward, to put it nicely,” Griffin says. “Vinny ended up biting the bullet for us there.”
Later, Sterling brought Paul up on stage with him. He asked for a round of applause for the point guard who had elevated the franchise to a new level, then joked, “Why is this guy married? Look at all the beautiful women in L.A.” Paul’s wife was in the audience. He smiled uncomfortably and said, “Because I love my wife.”
Sterling clearly doesn’t view marriage as sacred as we’ve seen him out with numerous women even after Stiviano put him on blast. His wife Shelly Sterling is often referred to as “estranged” but the two still work and communicate together. Doctors diagnosed Sterling as being “mentally incapacitated” and though he disagrees, it’s clear he’s not all there.
– Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)