Donald Sterling Loses Appeal to Get the LA Clippers Back

by November 17, 2015

Former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling continues to unsuccessfully engage in legal warfare to get his team back.

A three-judge panel ruled that Sterling can’t do anything to reverse the record-setting $2 billion sale of the Clips to Steve Ballmer.

Shelly Sterling negotiated the ownership transfer after the 81-year-old billionaire’s humiliating ouster.

Per the AP:

The 2nd District Court of Appeal said Shelly Sterling properly removed her husband from a family trust that owned the team and that the sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer prevented the trust from an “extraordinary loss.” […] Shelly Sterling took control of the family trust after a recording surfaced of Donald Sterling making offensive comments to a young girlfriend about blacks and other minorities.


The NBA fined him $2.5 million, banned him from the league for life and threatened to seize and auction the team. […] Shelly Sterling was able to take control of the trust after two doctors found her husband of nearly six decades had signs of Alzheimer’s disease.


The three-judge panel also noted that before Sterling refused to sign off on the sale he had congratulated his wife on the price she negotiated. […] “Wow, you really did a good job,” he exclaimed.