Complete Mess: Donald Sterling Sues The NBA. Doc Rivers Likely To Quit, Chris Paul Thinking Of Boycotting If Sterling Owns The Team Next Season [Video]

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Donald Sterling simply won't go away. He's a billionaire who enjoys litigation and is fighting the National Basketball Association tooth and nail to maintain ownership of the L.A. Clippers.

It seemed like a foregone conclusion that the team would be sold to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer when Sterling's wife, Shelly, agreed to a $2 billion deal in late May.

However, things haven't gone smoothly. Although he's been banned from the league by commissioner Adam Silver after racist audio tapes leaked in April, Sterling continues to put up a battle to hold on to the team he;s owned for 30 years.

Both Shelly and Donald each have a 50% share of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the team. After being examined by two neurologists in May, Donald was diagnosed with Alzheimers clearing the way for Shelly to legally sell the team without her estranged husband's approval.

Testimony in a probate court trial in Los Angeles Superior Court between Donald and Shelly ended Thursday, July 24. The case could decide whether or not the sale goes through.

Meanwhile, Donald's legal team filed a lawsuit to block the sale on Tuesday, July 22.

He accuses the NBA, it's commissioner and his wife of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty for attempting to sale the Clippers while he's still the owner.

"As sole shareholder of LAC, Plaintiff has the right to dispose of, sell, or retain the interest in LAC as he sees fit, irrespective of [Shelly Sterling's] community property interest," the lawsuit states.

The longer this drags out the more likely it becomes that coach Doc Rivers will quit the team and Chris Paul, as well as other players might boycott if Donald still owns the team when the new season begins.

Training camp opens in October.

"That's something me and Doc are both talking about," Paul said Thursday, via ESPN. "Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon -- sooner rather than later. We're all going to talk about it. We're all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake [Griffin], DJ [DeAndre Jordan]. It's unacceptable."

TMZ reports that Ballmer has an escape clause in the sale agreement allowing him to back out if Shelly doesn't have clear authority to sell the team.

This is turning into a huge mess.

 







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Comment by QuEeNsFiNeSt on July 26, 2014 at 8:26pm
This Is Getting Outta Hand
Comment by Tdubl on July 26, 2014 at 2:18pm
I hear you @YKham. I felt the same way. They should've done that s*** since jumpstreet. FOH trying to stand on principle months later. Everybody knew he was racist for decades. They also knew he was a lawyer that has litigated and won every case against him for decades. Doc and his players are just proving him right, you're idiots. Could've hurt the NBA and Sterling bad during the playoffs but, nooooooo. That was the time to send the message. As soon as the punishment was announced we knew full well he could drag the situation out in the courts for years legally. Should've boycotted that playoff game, the fans would've supported them for it. WTF was that jersey BS? Should've just stayed in the locker room period. Now you say it's "unacceptable". I don't believe you cause you already accepted it and did nothing when you had the chance to fight back. That's called p****.
Comment by fan123 on July 26, 2014 at 3:01am
you n****** better get in line when a jew tells you...
Comment by CDeezNutz on July 25, 2014 at 9:08pm
This will go down in history
Comment by CDeezNutz on July 25, 2014 at 9:08pm
I kinda wanna see this controversy happen. Real reality TV
Comment by Coogie'YO,CheckSubliminalThugizm on July 25, 2014 at 6:30pm
Black men holding more gruge against their own kind then the invisioned "oppressor" is the most powerfull force upholding the slave mentality (you can't win by giving up)
Comment by Blaze on July 25, 2014 at 6:07pm
Them Uncle Tom @$$ m_+√a£_©<@$ are not going to quit. They like money too much and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep it coming in.
Comment by Blaze on July 25, 2014 at 6:02pm
@YKham... cosign.
Comment by Bongo Jones on July 25, 2014 at 1:09pm
good. you might not like the guy but hes no worse than the methods you're employing to get rid of him. those were personal phone calls. hes allowed to feel however he wants. if he wants to be a racist d********, he has that right.
Comment by YK on July 25, 2014 at 12:27pm
I lost respect for every Clipper player and Doc Rivers last season during the playoffs..They could have boycotted last year but they decided to play and put more money in Donald Sterling's pocket. Your owner basically said he owns you like a slave and yall proved his point of control by going on the court and playing to deepen his pockets. But it don't surprise me bc n***** don't stand for nothing these days. I'm so thankful we had true leaders and people with courage during the civil rights struggle and before bc we are truly living off the fruits of their labor and sacrifice...My opinion so how you feel doesn't matter to me



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