Donald Sterling Loses Appeal to Reverse LA Clippers Sale

by August 14, 2014

Former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling took another L in his doomed quest to retain the franchise. An appeals court rejected his attempt to overtun the $2 billion sale to Steve Ballmer. Per the LA Times:

Two of Sterling’s attorneys, Maxwell Blecher and Bobby Samini, said in a joint statement they are “deeply disappointed that he has been deprived from ownership of the Clippers” without the appellate court reviewing “this harsh result.” […] “Nevertheless, we are confident Donald will be completely vindicated in his federal case against the NBA,” the statement said. “More importantly, we believe that the ‘popular’ ruling in the probate matter is a serious blow to the privacy rights for all Americans.”


Steve Ballmer’s attorney, Adam Streisand, said in a statement that “we are beyond thrilled and gratified and supremely confident that this is now over and done” and described Ballmer as the “undisputed owner” of the Clippers.


In five paragraphs, the state’s 2nd Court of Appeal dismissed Sterling’s petition less than 24 hours after it was filed. […] “The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed,” the decision said. “Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay.”