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Attorney: Donald Sterling agrees to sell Clippers

Sterling Won't Pursue Lawsuit Against NBA


BY TAMI ABDOLLAH
ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agreed Wednesday to sign off on selling the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for what would be a record $2 billion, according to his attorney.

Sterling "has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences" and as co-owner has given his consent to a deal that was negotiated by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team, said attorney Maxwell Blecher.

Representatives for Shelly Sterling declined to comment. The NBA declined to comment on Wednesday afternoon.

Donald Sterling sued the NBA in federal court last week alleging the NBA violated his constitutional rights by relying on information from an "illegal" recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also says the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.

Blecher said the suit will be dismissed. If the NBA owners approve the sale, it will be a record-high sum for a team that cost Donald Sterling about $12 million in 1981. Blecher's co-counsel, Bobby Samini, said the vote by league owners is expected to take place in mid-July.

Ballmer beat out bids by Guggenheim Partners and a group including former NBA All-Star Grant Hill. Ballmer made more than an hour-long personal visit to Shelly Sterling's Malibu home last week and laid out his plan.

This is not Ballmer's first foray into potential NBA ownership. Ballmer and investor Chris Hansen headed a group that agreed to a deal to buy the Kings from the Maloof family in January 2013 with the intention of moving the team to Seattle, where the SuperSonics played until 2008.

But Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson lobbied the NBA for time to put together a bid to keep the team in California, and though the Ballmer-Hansen group later increased its offer, owners voted to deny the bid for relocation and the Kings were sold to Vivek Ranadive.

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knarfdr June 04 2014 at 8:06 PM

He should fight the arbitrary NBA decision to force him out for something he said in private. He still deserves to have first amendment rights no matter how much people might disagree with what he said. It's the lying gold digger who should be the object of scorn, and an investigation for extortion.

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torp8r June 04 2014 at 7:51 PM

I hope everybody remembers that it was Oprah that got Barack Obama elected. She had enough money to push Obama through even though he had little political experience. She wanted a black president and she got it. Racism at its best. This is Obamas payback to her. Now that the world has seen the true Obama which is the socialist that he denied before. We all should hold Oprah accountable.

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psvi June 04 2014 at 8:07 PM

he got set up by a tramp and a reverse racist player network and came out with 2billion good for him I hope he gets billions more.When they hold oprah accountable for her racism I will think about him

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wizardsking June 04 2014 at 8:07 PM

Fight for your freedom of speech and privacy!

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deadwood86 June 04 2014 at 8:07 PM

Why should he have to sell, he voiced his opinion. So much for freedom of speech in this joke of a country.

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cactusj8 June 04 2014 at 7:55 PM

Never saw any reason to wast time watching sweaty boys in their under wear rub up against each other while pretending to fight over a coco nut.

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msanbaker June 04 2014 at 7:42 PM

Oh well , drama over. Now what is MSNBC going to talk about or Rev Al hole

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moooooooooochelle June 04 2014 at 11:56 PM

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MICHELLE OBAMA: WHITES IN AMERICA ARE "INERADICABLY RACIST"

ICE-T: I DONT HATE WHITES I JUST GOT A DEATH WISH FOR THEM

SPIKE LEE: I WILL ONLY DO AN INTERVIEW WITH A BLACK PERSON

RICHARD WILLIAMS: SPIRLEA IS A BIG TALL WHITE TURKEY

CHARLES BARKLEY: THATS WHY I HATE WHITE PEOPLE

MUHAMMAD ALI: ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE DEVIL

TRAYVON MARTIN: CREEPY CRACKER

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Denny June 04 2014 at 7:52 PM

When he saw how much money he was going to make, his heart just melted.

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bootsnchaps60 June 04 2014 at 7:45 PM

Thus it becomes a dead story. They'll split 2 bil, maybe get divorced although at this point who really cares?

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