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Donald Sterling in court calls wife “pig,” promises to sue NBA “until I die”

Jul 9, 2014, 9:34 PM EDT

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Donald Sterling on the witness stand and in court makes for great theater.

“Make no mistake today, I will never, ever, sell this team. Until I die, I will be suing the NBA,” Sterling shouted during a heated portion of questioning by opposing lawyers….

Soon after, Judge Michael Levanas called an end to the day’s testimony, and Donald Sterling was heard saying to his wife, “Get away from me, you pig!” And then adding, “Shelly, how could you lie?”

(Via the Los Angeles Times reporters in the courtroom Wednesday.)

Whether any of that actually helps his case — having the judge rule his wife and her attorneys did not follow the rules of the joint Sterling Family Trust in having him declared incapacitated and making her the sole trustee of a trust that owns the Clippers — is certainly debatable.

But it is entertaining.

Sterling was on the witness stand for a second day in probate court in a case that will determine whether he is re-instated as a trustee of theTrust, or if the doctors followed the proper steps to have him declared incapacitated. If he is re-instated he will kill the sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Baller, something set up by his wife who is the current lone trustee. The NBA backs that sale.

As he was in his first day of testimony, Donald Sterling was in rare form (actually, not that rare for him).

“She deceived me. I trusted her. I believed in her,” Sterling said earlier. “I never thought that a woman wouldn’t stand by her husband.”

(This from the man who has had multiple public mistresses in recent years, including the one who leaked the tape of prejudiced comments that got him banned from the NBA in the first place.)

Shelly Sterling took the stand later in the day and apparently came off as sympathetic to her husband and his condition (doctors have testified that he is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s).

“He’s been getting more forgetful. He’s slurring his words. He’s agitated a lot. He gets mad for no particular reason,” she said of his condition. “He’s just not the same person that he used to be.”

On the CNN interview Donald Sterling gave to Anderson Cooper, Shelly Sterling said, “I couldn’t believe it and I started crying. I felt so bad. I couldn’t believe that was him.”

That reaction caused Donald to snap at Shelly after the court session ended and call her a pig.

The hearing is supposed to continue one to two more days.

While these were the dramatic parts, what may have mattered more to the judge was Sterling’s lawyer trying to pick apart the testimony of a neurologist who had been one of the doctors who ruled Sterling incapacitated. Donald’s attorneys tried to say Shelly’s attorneys held too much sway over the doctor. Courtroom observers thought the neurologist held her ground.

  1. ranfan12 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    model dysfunctional spouses

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    The Donald strikes again!

  3. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    What is he smoking?

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:56 AM


  4. captainwisdom88 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    great team. great players. great city. sooner this man is removed from the conversation the better off the everyone is

    • shuttaman1990 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      He’s not going to get removed that team is going to be broken up.
      Destroy the clippers.
      They are like that evil kid in The Good Son.
      Destroy the clippers, only 1 team in LA will suffice. Lakers all day.

      • Hard On For Harden - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        So Lakers = Elijah Wood and Clippers = Macaulay Culkin. I’ll remember that for future context.

      • fanofthegame1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Lakers are second best team in city, and that is a distant second.

  5. nfl4days - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    This should be over soon then.

  6. buckifan4life - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I agree with Donald. She is trying to screw him over. Attorneys find doctors all over to say what they are paying them to say. It’s sad bht true.Furghermore, there are bigots everywhere, should they all lose their livelihood?

    • nfl4days - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      As soon as sponsers started pulling support, this became a business decision and it gave them a much more solid argument to kick him out. Add in the fact that the team was likely to go downhill due to players leaving and free agents avoiding the team, and Sterling was as good as finished.

    • theblackrook - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      livelihood, are you serious. Donald Sterlings livelihood is not the clippers. He’s rich from other things and owns the Clippers as well. He’s not losing his livelihood are you idiotic. He’s worth 1.9 billion and that’s without the sale of the clippers. Way to be one of those people dude. Wow. And he’s not losing the team because he’s a racist, he’s losing the team because his racism is coming out because his mental faculties aren’t there enough to keep it in. And even if they were, I’m trying to sale a brand that sales to the same minorities that he’s insulting. If I’m the NBA I don’t want him around, it hurts the business as a whole. You people like to say this is America, this is our capitalist nation. Well Donald Sterling is bad for business… and they don’t care if he’s racist until that racism threatens the profit margin and now it does.

      • buckifan4life - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        You totally missed the point, myopic one…

      • mogogo1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Then maybe you can clarify your point. All I got from your post is you hate lawyers. Her “screwing him over” entails him getting paid his share of a billion dollar sale–quite possibly more money than the team would be worth if he was allowed to drag this out longer and further damage the image of the team. And the only reason there is a sale in the picture is because the NBA booted him out. Are you opposed to that move, as well?

      • 1historian - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Is he the only racist in the NBA? Who says that us white folks have the monopoly on that? How about this – Sterling took a lot of hate from people and he withstood it and he decided he was going to get even and this is way of doing it.

        He doesn’t need the money – he’s doing this to get even.

  7. therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    In his defense, she is quite piggish.

    • jimmyt - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      I’d still hit it though.

  8. jacobk621 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    This is really about to get ugly !!!

  9. shuttaman1990 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Love it. This will lead to the NBA making all the clipper players free agents. NO WAY IN HELL the players play for this racist punk.
    The Clippers will lose all their players and hopefully get contracted. We don’t care about their 41 fans.
    Oh yeah CP3 will become a laker when it happens. The payback for basketball reasons is nigh baby.

    Lakers all day.

    • theblackrook - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      You my friend have the dumbest comment of the day.

      • shuttaman1990 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        Kiss the rings peasant. Lakers all day. I welcome this chaos to the Clippers that organization deserved it the most.

      • stoutfiles - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        You have Laker championship rings? Wow! How are you affiliated with the Lakers?

        If not, then you are a sad person living vicariously through a sports team. Rooting for a team is one thing, but acting like you have rings and calling people peasants is so very sad. I hope you get help and I wish you the best.

    • rodyaugu - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      It’s isn’t an nba blog without a delusional lakers fan.

  10. j0esixpack - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    And here we all thought he couldn’t show contrition!

  11. evermench - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:08 PM


  12. sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Donald Sterling is FAR from a saint…

    But, for a LONG time he’s been in charge, “The Man” in his business dealings, his wealth has given him many opportunities, opened many doors for him in life and in business.

    There is a LOT of cache in owning a pro team and he seemed to like it a lot more than other owners who sit in the background and treat it like just another business. Other owners like the cache of owning their teams too so that isn’t bad in and of itself.

    Donald is facing his own mortality. He’s being “stripped” of many things in his mind (not talking about old age). To him, they are taking his team from him and that has affected him greatly… more than it would others. Some of the other owners would thank their lucky stars at a $2 billion sales price for their team and they’s sell it lickity split.

    Sterling does NOT like them demoting him from being “The Man”.

    To him, he still had years and all was well.

    Too many things have hit all at once. Losing the team mostly, the huge backlash/outcry, the stuff with his wife, the medical tests, his cancer and I’m sure somewhere in his mind he’s just a mess, a wreck.

    But, it is his fault. he’s overreacting.

    he is NOT going to stop fighting it though as that is not who he is. his makeup won’t let him “let it lie”

    some endings are beautiful and others are terrible. this man’s ending at life, in his business is going to be ugly.

  13. antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    So… until, like, next month?

  14. saint1997 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Surely a model example of his Alzheimer’s kicking in, the mood swings cannot be helping his case

    • mogogo1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      But he’s been mean and combative for many years. The Alzheimer’s finally gives him an excuse. I guess the rest of his life it was just from him being a horrible human being.

  15. ncarolinarn7 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    That you can STEAL property from anyone being a bigot is amazing to me even with a franchise under contract law. You isn’t bigoted in some way if we are all painfully honest. He said what he said in the privacy of his own home recorded by his paid whore and Adam Silver selt-righteous and all calls Stern, daddy what do I do??? I’d love to see the NBA collapse and be replaced by something better than hypocrisy and I love basketball. If I was a billionaire is wear the NBA out in court and make them bleed cash.

    • revskip - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      They didn’t steal the team, they sold it making him a hell of a lot of money in the process.

      If the CEO of Coca-Cola had the same exact set of circumstances tomorrow you better believe that the board of directors would do the same thing the NBA did. Pretty much any company that doesn’t want the media firestorm that this created would do the same. To be honest anyone who is a bigot in 2014 should be ashamed enough and smart enough to keep it very, very quiet. The time when folksy racism was acceptable has long past and for the better.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Silver has handled this admirably, in my opinion. He certainly didn’t call Stern for help–Stern let Sterling get away with things like this for years because he was afraid to challenge him. Silver is the guy who stepped up and did what needed to be done.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      You don’t understand how franchises work, do you?

    • seansull83 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      How is it stealing if he is making 2 billion dollars. He is being challenged for who makes the decision on the Sterling Trust not being expelled from it. And here’s the thing, after all the crap that went down, if he kept the team he would lose money because he would have to foot the bill for all operations, seeing how no sponsors would be at the games. He would lose money but he isn’t thinking rationally or he would have deduced this himself. So before you go spouting off like a tard about how Donald is being robbed think about the long term financial loses he’d incurrholding on to the team

      • seansull83 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Wow I hot 6 thumbs down because I don’t think the team is being stolen. Because he is going to make 2 billion to walk away. Did I miss something here. The. Kippers aren’t worth 2 billion, if anything Sterling is robbing Balmer.

      • seansull83 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Clippers aren’t worth 2 billion, damn auto correct.

  16. mazblast - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    If he’s ruled to be incompetent, Shelly “Sterling” sells the team to Ballmer and Donald “Sterling” is out.

    If he’s ruled to be incompetent, Silver gets the other owners to kick “Sterling” out and forces the sale, probably to Ballmer.

    If his lawyers can’t get Donald “Sterling” to understand that he’s out either way and take the measly $2 billion, either they’re more incompetent than he is, they’re just going along for the fees–or both.

    • mazblast - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Oops, that second sentence should have said, “If he’s ruled to NOT be incompetent…”. Maybe I’m the one with fading mental faculties. Sorry!

      • fissilemissile - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        I got what you said and I agree. I think the lawyers are like, whatever you want to do Donald, we’ll gladly bill you for the work.

  17. mazblast - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Thanksgiving dinner must be fun at the “Sterling” mansion.

  18. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    ah, love.

  19. bbk1000 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Judge for yourselves…..

  20. 8to80texansblog - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    She’s the pig….? Let me get this straight…. your mistress outed you for being a racist, and your wife’s the pig?

    This dude couldn’t be more of a pig if he were in a stupid Geico commercial.

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