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Donald Sterling’s Hail Mary, asks appeals court to overturn Clippers sale. It will fail.

Aug 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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This is not going to work.

As soon as Judge Michael Levanas signed and filed his final order Tuesday morning clearing the way for the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers from the Sterling Family Trust to Steve Ballmer, the money was transferred and the sale executed. It’s done. The final horn has sounded. Game over.

But you didn’t think Sterling would just quit, did you? He’s a rich, angry, desperate man who will keep trying to bully the league through the courts because that’s who he is.

Sterling went to an appellate court Tuesday in the hours after the sale went through trying to get the sale blocked and overturned, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Hours after the announcement of the Clippers’ sale Tuesday, Donald Sterling petitioned an appeals court to overturn the move.

“An immediate stay from this court, and an order halting or unwinding the sale, is necessary,” the filing said, “to allow meaningful review of the novel and erroneous legal determinations made here, and to restore public faith in our justice system….”

Pierce O’Donnell, Shelly Sterling’s attorney, called the petition “patently frivolous.”

It’s not going to work, not according to the legal people I spoke to about this. No judge is going to go back reverse the sale or overturn the order (Sterling has already had that shot down once). You can’t unring the bell.

Make no mistake, Donald Sterling will not go quietly. He will stick around and be a thorn in the side of the NBA for a while. He has his attorneys on speed dial and the money to pay them to harass the NBA until he gets bored with it. Which is going to take a while, he’s a bitter man.

Sterling knows he is never going to own the Clippers again, never again attend of their games. He had a lot of his identity wrapped up in being the guy who owned the Clippers — he loved the doors it opened, the people who kissed his behind because they wanted to be close to the team. And if he can’t have that he’s going to lash out at those that do and those that he blames for taking it away from him. Like a petulant child.

When the answer for who is to blame remains in the mirror.

  1. sportsfan18 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    At some point I’d imagine he’s going to begin slinging dirt on other owners, Stern and Silver…

  2. mvp43 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    He’s like the angry old man at the grocery store who takes up 2 spots because he thinks he desrrves it. Go away Donald- go be a slum lord again.

  3. saint1997 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Listen I fully agree with the decisions taken against Sterling and the league measures. That said, it seems nobody is talking about redemption? I understand it may be due to the fact that he’s old, and that he has no interest in changing his ways, but I wonder if the case would work a different way if he immediately apologised and said he wanted to change his engrained attitude. Just an interesting hypothetical, it seems we have condemned him to a life sentence of derision at this stage, and that’s about it.

    • socalgal64 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      That’s what his CNN interview with Anderson Cooper was for. He blew it.

    • spursareold - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      A leopard doesn’t change his spots. Donald is what he is, which is a very nasty piece of work.

    • zerole00 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Redemption is a whole lot more sincere when you do it of your own volition than when your hand has been caught in the cookie jar.

      We had the civil rights era decades ago, between that and common sense – he should have known his behavior was wrong (as if the housing discrimination lawsuits weren’t a clear enough sign).

  4. mackcarrington - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    The best thing about all of this is that Sterling is alive to see it all being taken away from him.

  5. hwatt - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    gotta leave dem oe’s in the strip club next time

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