Sterling sues NBA putting Ballmer's purchase of Clippers in limbo

Sterling sues NBA putting Ballmer's purchase of Clippers in limbo
You knew that Donald Sterling wasn't go to make things so easy. Just when it looked like former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was going to plunk down $2 billion to buy the NBA's L.A. Clippers, the disgraced owner of the team decided to have his lawyers sue the NBA. The Association is forcing Sterling to part with the club after some racist comments made by the billionaire were publicized by TMZ.

Sterling's wife had arranged for the sale of the team, but in an email to ESPN, Sterling attorney Max Blecher said that the deal was off. Still, Shelly Stirling and Steve Ballmer both believe that the deal will be made as planned. Shelly Stirling gained control of the Clippers as the sole trustee of the Sterling Family Trust after two neurologists said that Donald Sterling was unable to conduct his own business affairs.

Ballmer was CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014 and is believed to be worth $20 billion.

source: ESPN via WPCentral



1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

NBA Arena? What does this have to do with cell phones?

10. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Because iiPhneArena will post anything to increase their income. anything...

2. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Had enough of Steve Ballmersh*t

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

it had to do with a former CEO of a computer company.

4. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 2014

It's just a word, yeah it offends people but at the end of the day it's just a word. If you let a word offend you, you shouldn't be incharge of anything. You are too emotionally immature to do anything. Sterling deserves to keep the team and if he wants to sell it, Balmer deserves the ability to buy it. If a Black person called white people "Crackers" nobody would want to take his/her stuff.

14. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Even if you feel the race card is a one way street, it doesn't make you look good to stick up for someone who has an ignorant outlook on an entire group of people. It comes across that you look down upon a society's progression to want to banish oppression and those who promote it in any such manner. The general public and the NBA reacted in the most fitting way. There's no place for that in any entity, private or public.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Congratulations, you just won a gold star. I'm not being sarcastic, I completely agree with everything you just said and wish I could literally drill it into WinDroid's head so he would shut the fu ck with his BS rant against the NBA's punishment for Sterling.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Two gold stars.

19. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

a word? what word are you talking about?

5. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Sterling is not going to get far with the lawsuit because the agreement Shelly Sterling signed with Ballmer and the NBA indemnifies the NBA from any lawsuits by Sterling and his trust. It will still be Ballmer's team at the end of it; this will just delay the process for who knows how long.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Plus, there is the matter of the trust giving Shelly Sterling control if Donnie-boy is mentally unable to conduct his business affairs. Two neurologists have said he is mentally impaired. I suspect that is sufficient grounds for removing him from management of the trust affairs. We will know soon enough. At most, there is a competency hearing. If Donnie-boy fails, then Shelly gets to close the sale. If Donnie-boy passes, then he has an uphill fight 'cause the NBA Constitution provides for all disputes to be handled in an arbitration context. I don't know the details of the arbitration provisions, but everything I have read about the NBA Constitution makes it almost impossible for Donnie-boy to reverse a sale decision by his fellow owners.

11. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, the NBA definitely has the upper hand in this battle as it dictates the terms of ownership through the NBA Constitution. Usually, when you dictate the terms of the agreement, you know how to navigate the waters later in performing actions within the confines of that agreement.

6. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Okay the initial report that Balmer was gonna buy the Clippers does qualify as relevant news for a tech blog. But the ensuing legal battles surrounding the purchase: THAT'S NOW SPORTS NEWS and totally irrelevant!

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm going to say this now: fuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkk Donald Sterling. If you're going to make racist statements about black people when you run a team primarily composed of black people, you don't deserve to run that team.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Which is why Donnie-boy is being booted from the NBA. There is really no place for racist comments about any race.

17. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Agreed with him not deserving to run the team anymore. Personally it seems to me like a trifflin gold diggin ho took advantage of a rich old man that she realized his mind was going.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Personally it seems to me like a triflin gold diggin ho took advantage of a rich old man that she realized his mind was going." Which is why Donnie-boy's 'friend' has legal problems ahead of her. Shelly has sued the 'friend' to return property of the marital estate that was given to the 'friend'. Further, though, is California's elder abuse law, which kicks in when the victim is older than 65 or 70, which definitely applies here. Net-net, the 'friend' has time in a courtroom ahead of her.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That picture! Steve Beelzebub.

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

There is not a single picture of Steve Ballmer that has ever managed to capture his good side. Scientists are now convinced that it doesn't exist. They managed to choke this conclusion out in between resisting the urge to punch Steve Ballmer in the face every time they looked at pictures of him.

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