HoopsHype Donald Sterling rumors

July 8, 2014 Updates

During a break, Shelly walked over to Donald and said hello. They appeared to exchange pleasantries and he kissed her on the hand. The trial is currently in break after the two doctors who examined Donald in May and said he was mentally incapacitated have finished testifying. Donald is expected next. It is so stifling hot in the packed courtroom that Judge Michael Levanas, straight out of a scene from To Kill A Mockingbird, has given everyone permission to remove their jackets. USA Today Sports

The last test he administered Sterling, called a "Trials B" test, ended abruptly, Spar testified. "At the very end, he got a little frustrated," Spar testified. "He said, 'I've got to go.' The last part, it's fairly challenging. He tried to do it, but he couldn't do it. He said, 'I don't want to do it.' I said just give it your best shot. He said, 'I don't want to do this. I'm not going to do this.' He threw the pen down and walked out. "If he had stuck around, I might have done one more thing. It wouldn't have changed the results. "He said, 'I've got a roomful of lawyers. I've got to get back to them,' something like that." USA Today Sports

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

The Los Angeles Clippers’ $2 billion sale to ex-Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer may not close by a July 15 deadline after what a lawyer for Shelly Sterling called her husband’s “ploy” to block the sale by delaying a trial over its legitimacy. Donald Sterling, 80, had his wife’s state court case moved to federal court last week, throwing into doubt a trial set to start today in the California court over whether she followed the rules of a family trust in having him declared incapacitated and unable to negotiate the sale. BusinessWeek.com

Shelly Sterling's lawyers filed an emergency brief in federal court Sunday night opposing her husband Donald Sterling's attempt to get their probate trial, which could authorize or kill the proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, moved to federal jurisdiction. The probate evidentiary hearing is set to begin in a Los Angeles courtroom at 8:30 a.m. PT Monday. USA Today Sports

July 3, 2014 Updates

Shortly before the start of a trial to determine whether Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the team, his lawyers filed a motion Thursday to move the case to federal court, alleging his medical privacy has been violated. A probate court trial is scheduled to begin Monday to determine whether Sterling is mentally incapacitated and Shelly Sterling can assume control of the family trust that owns the Clippers. She struck a deal in May to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion after Donald Sterling's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as an owner. USA Today Sports

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