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Donald Sterling doesn’t appeal, basically throws in towel on owning Clippers

Aug 27, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

It was already all but over — no judge was ever going to undo the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer once the sale was enacted.

But nobody expected Donald Sterling to go quietly, either.

He’s not — he has multiple lawsuits still pending against the NBA — but he is not going to continue his legal quest to regain control of the Clippers. He did not appeal to the California Supreme Court to block the sale, reports Michael Mann at Sports Illustrated.

In a development that makes Donald Sterling reacquiring the Los Angeles Clippers virtually impossible, court records indicate that Sterling failed to petition the California Supreme Court for review by Monday’s deadline. The failure means that Sterling has run out of legal options in California to force former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to return the franchise to him.

Under California law, Sterling had 10 business days from Aug. 13 – the date an intermediate appellate court summarily rejected Sterling’s two petitions for the $2 billion sale of the Clippers be halted or reversed — to petition the California Supreme Court with the same request. It would have been a long shot request, to be sure, but Sterling was entitled to give it a try.

It would have been very Sterling to have tried, but he has apparently thrown in the towel on owning the Clippers again. His legal appeal to the appellate court was for a “stay” to block the sale — not to undo the sale — and that court said there was nothing to stay because the sale had already gone through. The Supreme Court would not have ruled differently.

All Donald’s other legal moves basically are just to get money from the NBA — which is kind of futile because as part of the sale to Ballmer Shelly Sterling (Donald’s wife of 59 years) indemnified the NBA against any damages from Donald Sterling lawsuits. Put simply, any money awarded by a judge has to be paid out of the proceeds of the sale not from the NBA itself — he has to pay himself any legal winnings. And him winning these cases are long shot anyway.

What Donald likely will do is try to make life difficult and embarrassing for the NBA. That is really all he has left. And he has the money and attorneys to do it. It’s the move of a bitter old man, but if the shoe fits…

Fortunately for the Clippers, the days of the Donald Sterling’s ownership are gone. (Shelly Sterling hanging around the fringes of the team was the price for that.)

  1. succulentnipples - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Johnathon Football agrees.

    • csbanter - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      You on Manziel nut sack like that !!!

      • romestar82 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        we all are!

  2. Bob Loblaw - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    And so the greatest business swindle in the history of business has come to an end. What a bunch of maroons there are in the press. Every single person writing about this story got suckered as did Steve Ballmer.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Donald Sterling made a few racist comments, got himself on tape, and QUINTUPLED the value of his team.

    That’s really all you can and should take from this entire process. There is nothing else bigger than that statement.

    Here’s the timeline:

    Clippers are worth around $350-400 Million.

    Sterling is taped saying some racist stuff “without” his knowledge.

    Clippers are bought for $2 Billion.

    That’s it. That’s the list. That’s all that happened. Everything else is on the periphery. The guy gets 5 times more money than he would have received if he had decided to sell them on his own through the normal channels.

    What a freaking business genius.

    • mackcarrington - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Do you really believe that with the onset of dementia and alzheimers, Sterling would have so much cunning genius to orchestrate that? Can you explain why he would then proceed to spend and waste so much money and time on lawyers and in the court system fighting it? Is that also part of the “master plan”? Why is going to continue suing Silver and the NBA? Where is the genius in that strategy, Bob?

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        Does it really matter whether he did it on purpose or not? He did it. And everything I wrote is 100% accurate. Thumb it down all you want, but where am I wrong? I didnt say he planned it all did I? Nope. Every word I wrote is 100% true. Thumb down the truth. Kinda dumb.

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Nooo Donnie!!

    Don’t give up, never give up!! Fight the good fight!

    Justice has to be served!


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