HoopsHype Shelly Sterling rumors

July 21, 2014 Updates

Donald Sterling's combative, rambling proclamations on the witness stand — and his vulgar outburst off the stand — have drawn the most attention here in the probate trial that could determine whether his wife, Shelly, can go through with her proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But Shelly and her lawyers continue to build momentum in the case. The trial was in recess last week because of scheduling conflicts with the judge and the lawyers. USA Today Sports

July 11, 2014 Updates

Shelly Sterling attended to many details in her rush to sell the Clippers before the NBA would seize the team, but was unaware of the 11th-hour maneuver to push aside her husband and team co-owner, Donald, she told a Los Angeles court Thursday. Sterling said it was only after the deal was nearly sealed her lawyers told her they had obtained doctors' reports on Donald's mental incapacity and she could use the reports to remove him from the family trust that controlled the team. Los Angeles Times

She said she acted lovingly when she urged Donald to be evaluated. Her main concern, she testified, was to assess her husband's deterioration. Donald Sterling's lawyers said regardless of Shelly's motivations, the medical examinations appeared to be part of a cynical set-up by a bunch of "hired guns." Los Angeles Times

They say Shelly Sterling and, in particular, O’Donnell, corrupted the results of Platzer and Spar’s examinations and worked together to oust Donald Sterling from the empire he alone built. “She has to come in (to court) with what the law calls, ‘clean hands.’ And you could see today, it’s not clean,” said Max Blecher, an attorney for Donald Sterling. “It was a vicious little conspiracy that was put together with her and the lawyers.” While on the stand, Shelly Sterling and Blecher shared some heated exchanges about her intent, with Shelly insisting she didn’t know about any behind-the-scenes plan for removal. Orange County Register

With a deadline looming next week to approve the deal, a judge on Thursday delayed the next hearing. But lawyers said a deadline extension was probable. Lawyers for disgraced team owner Donald Sterling told the judge more witness testimony was necessary but they could not return until July 21 because of personal plans. So Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing and scheduled further sessions that will culminate with closing arguments on July 28. USA Today Sports

July 10, 2014 Updates

When asked at the beginning of her testimony on Wednesday if she was separated from her husband Donald, Shelly Sterling chuckled and said, “Sort of.” It was a day of contradictions for the couple, who went from loving to fiery in a matter of minutes. It culminated at the end of Shelly’s testimony, when she walked over to her husband and Donald snarled at her, “Get away from me, you pig!” Los Angeles Times

In her testimony, Shelly recounted her side of the falling out that occurred after a recording of Donald’s racially charged comments to a female friend of his had been released. Shelly said that after the recording was released, she flew to New York to meet with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. On that trip, Donald went on CNN for an interview with Anderson Cooper. The now-famous video showed a side of her husband that Shelly didn’t recognize. “I couldn’t believe it and I started crying,” she testified. “I felt so bad. I couldn’t believe that was him.” Los Angeles Times

July 9, 2014 Updates

After a second day of fiery testimony from her husband, Shelly Sterling took the stand in a trial that may decide if she acted legally when she seized control of the Sterling Family Trust and sold the Clippers. Soon after, Judge Michael Levanas called an end to the day's testimony, and Donald Sterling was heard saying to his wife, "Get away from me, you pig!" And then adding, "Shelly, how could you lie?" Chicago Tribune

Donald ended his testimony by saying how he runs all his businesses and has made a fortune. "I do it all, and I'm happy to share it with my wife. I'm happy to give her half ... or maybe more." With Shelly on the stand, O'Donnell asked if she were separated from her husband? "Sort of," Shelly answered. USA Today Sports

In his initial hourlong testimony Tuesday during a hearing that represents possibly his last chance to control the Clippers, Sterling strangely confronted the notion that he was mentally incapacitated by acting like he wanted to prove it. When asked about Dr. Meril Sue Platzer and the mental competency exam she administered at his home that led to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, he was slanderous. "She said she was there because her life was in shambles and her husband left her with $1 milllion in liability and that she's been drinking," he said. "We never got to the point [of a diagnosis]. . . . She said, 'Can I finish the examination of you after we go across the street to the Polo Lounge and have a couple of drinks?'" Los Angeles Times

Pierce O'Donnell, one of Shelly Sterling's attorneys, shook his head as he walked down a buzzing courthouse hall. "In 40 years as a lawyer, I've never seen a courtroom meltdown like that," he said. The lawyers for Sterling, meanwhile, just saw this as Donald being Donald. Far from shocked, they were actually pleased. "I think Donald did an excellent job on the stand. . . . If I needed a lawyer, I'd hire him," said his attorney Bobby Samini, later adding, "A lot of people talk about things tangentially; I don't see how that makes them incompetent. He has a lot to say, he's got a lot on his chest, and I think he wanted to use this opportunity to get some of it out." Los Angeles Times

July 8, 2014 Updates

What would happen if the court rules in Donald Sterling's favor? The possibilities, according to legal experts, include Shelly Sterling suing to have Donald Sterling found incapacitated by the court so she can reclaim control of the team and consummate the sale; the NBA moving forward with its original plan to terminate the Sterlings' interest in the team and sell it on its own; and Ballmer suing if the court rules Donald Sterling effectively revoked the trust and Ballmer's deal with Shelly Sterling was non-binding. USA Today Sports

Donald Sterling – who was such a presence at Clipper games over the past two decades, sitting courtside next to his wife or V. Stiviano, entertaining a crowd of revelers in the press room – will again be the center of attention Tuesday, when he’s scheduled to testify. “I think it’s going to be important,” said another of Sterling’s attorneys, Bobby Samini. “I have absolute confidence Donald’s testimony is going to be very, very telling for everybody who observes it. He does not lack capacity in any way, and I think everyone will see that for themselves.” Orange County Register

July 7, 2014 Updates

Donald Sterling's trial is set to begin any minute in L.A. ... and the disgraced Clippers owner has not arrived -- and now, Shelly Sterling's lawyer says he believes Donald is "on the run." Shelly's attorney Bert Fields just arrived to L.A. County Superior Court and after trashing Donald's "sham" motion to move the case to federal court ... said he believes Sterling is in hiding. TMZ.com

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