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Report: Donald Sterling’s attorney sent NBA a letter authorizing Shelly Sterling to sell the Clippers

May 28, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

Donald T. Sterling, Rochelle Donald T. Sterling, Rochelle

Last week, reports emerged Donald Sterling had authorized Shelly Sterling to sell the Clippers on his behalf. That was an agreement between the Sterlings, co-owners of the franchise – not with the NBA.

The NBA would probably like the Sterlings to sell the team, but it won’t wait if that hasn’t happened before June 3, when the other 29 owners will vote whether or not to remove Donald’s (and subsequently, Shelly’s) ownership.

However, the Donald-Shelly agreement – though not with the NBA – involves the NBA.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

How can Donald now vow to fight after that?

If Donald and Shelly get into their own entanglement, the NBA could be forced to get involved by sharing what it knew about their arrangement and when.

Perhaps, he can rescind his agreement with her, but that depends on the wording of the contract. The NBA could probably shed some light on that simply by checking its copy of the agreement, but I doubt the league wants to get further involved.

In the meantime, Donald might want to get his lawyers on the same page. Unless a conflicting legal strategy is part of his plan.

  1. spursareold - May 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”

    Wm Shakespeare

  2. papichulo55 - May 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Just two racist, billionaire octogenarians running a combination Good-Cop/Bad-Cop, Shell Game con. They are stealing attention away from a very good NBA Playoffs, and need to go away ASAP. On June 3, they will get what is promised to all Americans. They will be judged by a jury of their peers. The name Sterling does not belong in our mouths, ever again!

    • azarkhan - May 28, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Furthermore, the word ‘sterling’ shall not be used again in any way, shape or form. We will replace it with a word that denotes a new beginning for the new world we will create, the word ‘adam’. Sterling silver will now be called adam silver. So let it be written, so let it be done.

  3. aldog83 - May 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    The NBA playoffs are boring.

    Not good.

    • spursareold - May 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Manufactured drama.

      • chunkala - May 28, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Fake basketball.
        I find it weird that ESPN covers NBA ad nauseum but doesn’t give any time to WWE highlights. Both fake.

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