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Donald Sterling files another lawsuit against NBA, Shelly Sterling

Jul 22, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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Donald Sterling’s legal battle over whether his wife had the rights to sell the Clippers continues.

The latest: Doc Rivers and sponsors want nothing to do with the Clippers if Sterling continues to own the team.

But even this case alone won’t end Sterling’s litigation.

James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times:

Donald Sterling opened a third legal front in his battle with his wife and the NBA over control of the Clippers, charging his wife, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver with defrauding him when they moved to sell the team to former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Sterling asked for an injunction to freeze the $2-billion sale to Ballmer and for unspecified damages.

The action claims that Donald Sterling’s dismantling of the Sterling Family Trust on June 9 precluded his wife, Shelly Sterling, from taking any action to sell the team. Her moves to have him declared mentally incapacitated and to sell to Ballmer before that relied on fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and inflicted emotional distress on the longtime Clippers owner, his lawsuit contends.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

Sterling can file lawsuits until he runs out of money to pay his attorneys, which won’t happen anytime soon. And if it ever does, he can still file lawsuits himself.

If he’s just trying to be a thorn in the NBA’s side, he’s succeeding. If he really wants to keep the Clippers or actually win damages, he has virtually no chance.

But it’s unclear what Sterling is doing at this point – except filing lawsuits. That’s his fallback option whenever trouble emerges.

  1. hurricanegrabowski - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Next Sterling is going to sue Magic Johnson and say he started this whole mess by not being white.

    • hurricanegrabowski - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Crap, Sterling might sue me for making this comment.

  2. mrlaloosh - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Magic Jihnsons not white?

    • mazblast - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      At my very mixed high school many years ago, Magic would have been called “an Oreo”.

      • imakcds - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        yeh, by the Ignorant and Jealous.

  3. lucky5936 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I would be extremely disappointed in Doc if he left. Yes, Sterling is an awful human being, but Rivers would abandon the players who are counting on him to be a rock for them. Trust me, if the NBA could oust in this fast, he would be gone already… this was never going to be a quick process. Yet, it would be selfish for Doc to walk away from a group of men who share the same beliefs he does.

    • zoomy123 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      So, let me get this straight: According to you Doc Rivers would be selfish by refusing to play for a racist owner?

    • AZ Dem - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:18 AM

      The NBA is laying the weeds. They would prefer the wife, Shelley, to prevail in court.

      Shelley is on board wit the NBA.

      If you read the Constitution of the NBA, you would first be bored out of your mind, but if you can make through, you see that Sterling has no case whatsoever against the NBA.

      The coaching staff and the players, however, have a case for invalidating their contracts, thus making them all free agents, or more probably subject to a dispersal draft.

      If nobody wants to work for you, you can’t sue people to make them work for you. You can’t force other teams to show up and play against your team.

      Sterling doesn’t get it. So, yeah, he’s completely crazy.

  4. campcouch - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Ha! Billionaires having fun.

  5. glenuendo - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Wow….This guy doesn’t give a damn about the team considering the coach, sponsors and possibly players may leave if he is still in charge. I’m not a Clipper fan and I shouldn’t be shocked or disappointed but I am.

  6. bkbell3 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Ah, to be young and be a lawyer, riches abound everywhere, as long as the supply of stupid rich people never runs out. sigh.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      lol I see you didn’t choose the right career path in college either, huh?

      • bkbell3 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        College, 20-1 girls to guys, my own room, 3 square meals a day and no dishes to do,played basketball, worked part time for security and had keys to everything. If it wasn’t for school work could of stayed there for ever. lol

  7. rmccleary97 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Maybe he forgot that he had sued his wife, the NBA, and Silver already. I hear that forgetfulness can be a sign of Alzheimer’s.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      His ex-wife says he’s been diagnosed with early stage dementia, which makes a lot of sense.

      Sterling has survived as an NBA owner up until now despite a despicable history of discrimination complaints in part because he’s been a smooth talker. He’s a highly successful businessman after all, and that requires good people skills.

      However, in the past year, he allegedly asked people to record what he says due to poor memory. If you listen to him speak, he loses track of his thoughts and repeats himself. When he went on air to “apologize” after the leaks, he paused for a second before going on a huge rant about Magic Johnson. He’s reportedly flip-flopped on whether or not to sell multiple times, depending on his mood.

      That’s not how a charismatic, successful businessman behaves.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        Memory loss, mood swings, trouble concentrating, etc. are all symptoms of dementia.

        Bill Simmons says he dislikes the guy due to his shady history, but when he met him in person a couple of years ago, Sterling was actually very charming, witty, and funny. That’s not the type of person we’ve heard on those recordings or seen in interviews or read about in reports.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    The Donald sure does have strange relationships with people close to him.

  9. calicokiller49 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    “all the guy said was he didn’t want his girlfriend hanging out with black basketball players……I don’t want my wife , hanging out with black basketball players…….” Chris Rock.

  10. wisbadgfan - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    The Sterling situation is going to long lengthy albatross hanging around the Clippers.

    The attorneys are going to revolve this around the courts for a long time and keep this aura and environment.

    There are going to no winners in this escapade for quite awhile——check that——one winner—-the attorneys as usual.

  11. tomtravis76 - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Late 80s and somebody offers you the opportunity to take half of 2 billion….oh to do. Just give the guy his lifetime suite( which is no more than 5 years) and be done with it, so he can still feel like he is apart of the franchise.

  12. mazblast - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    It would be soooo convenient if this elderly man would fail to wake up some morning. That sort of thing happens all the time to people his age.

  13. mackcarrington - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I hope nobody expected Sterling to just go away quietly. He’s using all of the tools and resources at his disposal to make this as difficult as possible for everyone involved.

  14. granadafan - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    No one should be shocked by this move. Sterling is one of the most litigious people around. He refuses to pay people, and when they try to sue them, he ties them up in courts until the attorney fees far exceed the orginal amount. He doesn’t care, he’s just cheap and a horrible person. His apartments were absolute dumps, yet his managing company nickled and dimed you to death. The one I lived in had brown water coming out of the faucet, but the landlord took his sweet time addressing the issue and tried to raise the rents to pay for the piping replacement.

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