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Report: If Shelly Sterling loses in court, NBA will move to vote out Donald Sterling

Jun 11, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

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Shelly Sterling had Donald Sterling ruled mentally incapacitated, and now she’s trying to get a court to confirm that finding.

If she does so successfully, she’ll have control of the Sterling Family Trust and can sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

If she fails?

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

The NBA will reinstitute its termination hearing against Donald Sterling if he is successful in probate court

Donald is losing the Clippers one way or another – either the probate judge will give Shelly authority to sell them or the NBA will vote to remove his ownership. The outcome in court matters a great deal more for Shelly.

If she can sell the Clippers to Ballmer on her own terms, she’ll remain part of the franchise. (This is why it matters significantly to Ballmer, too.)

But if the NBA removes Donald’s ownership, she also loses hers. That means the NBA would manage the sale – a whole new process – and she’d get nothing but her half of the sale price.

By all indications, the NBA is betting Shelly will prevail. The league has reportedly reviewed Donald’s medical report and has also surely seen the all-important trust details. If the NBA didn’t believe Shelly could sell the team, I doubt it would have cancelled its vote – originally scheduled for June 3 – to remove Donald as owner.

Donald’s lawyer, of course, claims his client is far from mentally incapacitated.

This court case – against his wife – might be the one time I’m rooting for Donald to win. If he does, that means he and Shelly would be voted out, and I don’t especially want to see her remain part of the Clippers.

  1. mudhead123 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    It’s now illegal to know that most minorities are the PROBLEM. But this is NBC and they love Obama

    • finsfan71 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Last I checked, Sterling wasn’t arrested. MORON!

      • louderthanwords1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        I’ll agree mudhead123 is a moron based on this post but what does Sterling not being arrested have to do with anything? Illegal in addition to meaning not allowed by law also means not allowed by the rules of a game.

      • finsfan71 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        The NBA is nothing more than a club for rich dudes. And there’s nothing illegal about kicking out one of their own, especially if not doing so could affect their bottom line. Sterling will most surely sue the NBA citing anti-trust violations and it will be decided in a court of law. Not by Obama, not by any black boogey-men, but by somebody in a black robe.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        louderthanwords1 – Jun 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM
        Illegal in addition to meaning not allowed by law also means not allowed by the rules of a game.
        ——————————————————————————————————————————————

        You might want to re-check that one. Do you want a do-over?

    • granadafan - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Mudhead, why don’t you go to the Fox News Sports board then since their extremist far right view conform to your views. Your irrational bashing of minorities outed you. Like Sterling, you wrongly think your bigoted views are mainstream.

      • chunkala - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Freedom of speech, you liberal piece of garbage.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        chunkala – Jun 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM
        Freedom of speech, you liberal piece of garbage.
        ——————————————————————————-

        Is anyone arresting mudhead for what he said? Then he still has his freedom of speech. And we’re also free to comment on what a moron he is.
        Signed,
        A Conservative

    • chunkala - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Loving Mudhead! More posts please.

  2. lastdukestreetking - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    It’s amazing how many people have little idea what “freedom of speech” means.

    • finsfan71 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Not really amazing, chunkala, as pathetic as he/she sounds is par for the course.

  3. trbowman - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    He’s a moron, but I fail to see how he’s “mentally incapacitated.”

  4. garybrian - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    If this stays what happens to the team next year. Do players refuse to play? Do draftees refuse to report? Will other teams strike as they have suggested they might?

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