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Donald Sterling's mental fitness won't feature at Clippers trial

(Reuters) - The mental capacity of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling will not be part of an upcoming probate trial over whether his estranged wife had the authority to sell the NBA team, a judge said on Monday, averting a battle over Sterling's mental fitness.

The four-day trial, which is set to start on July 7, will focus on whether Shelly Sterling properly installed herself as sole controlling trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers after two physicians deemed her 80-year-old husband mentally incapable to handle business.

Sterling, whose attorneys have argued he was misled into submitting to mental examinations in May, has vowed to block the NBA-record $2 billion sale brokered by his wife to former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

"We are going to argue their examinations were by way of undue influence," Sterling's attorney, Bobby Samini, said outside court. "Their examinations were not complete."

Sterling, who has owned the Clippers for 33 years, was banned for life by the National Basketball Association in April and fined $2.5 million after privately taped racist remarks were leaked to celebrity website TMZ.com.

Attorneys for both parties also agreed that Donald Sterling revoked the family trust following the sale to Ballmer. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas will rule on how that could affect any sale of the Clippers.

Sterling's attorneys had been prepared to have a physician testify that Sterling was mentally capable, but Levanas would not agree to delay the trial for the expert witness' testimony.

"The trust is obligated, whether revoked or not, to consummate the deal," said Shelly Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell.

Shelly Sterling petitioned the probate court to confirm her as the trust's controlling trustee in time for the NBA owner's July 15 vote to approve the sale to Ballmer.

Sterling has also sued the NBA and its commissioner, Adam Silver, for $1 billion in damages.

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gransmailbox July 01 2014 at 10:08 AM

whether one likes what Mr. Sterling said or not...it was HIS opinion. I did not understand how he could be banned from him opinion. He owned the team for 33 years... you mean he was the only one who had a personal racist thought in all that time? HA!! I doubt it... Weren't people making money off this team all the years he was in charge? Did they feel as if they had been wronged in all that time? This whole thing was a setup and whether you agree or disagree with Mr. Sterlings opinions... Surely you agree with free speech. The privacy in private conversations. The ability to hold your own opinion. The ability to own your own business? I just think this whole thing is craziness.

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dennismlns gransmailbox July 01 2014 at 1:17 PM

It was Paula Deens opnion too, and she got time for it!

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g23you2012 gransmailbox July 01 2014 at 1:22 PM

This has nothing to do with the NBA. You are an intractable anti black bigot. You are just like Sterling. You have not even heard the tape. There is no free speech case here. The only thing that matters in the end is that he is banned from the NBA. This is only a hearing about him and his wife fight. The NBA is not involved in this. Sterling is so gone that he is hurting the sale of the team for his own benefit. If he wins this, the sales to Ballmer is nullify, and the NBA will auction the team away. And he will not get the same money for it. He can have this dog and pony show to make his rejection feel better. It will not get him the team back. The NBA has the final say on his membership to the league.

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balaland July 01 2014 at 10:17 AM

So far so Good Donald , one at a time go get-em........

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g23you2012 balaland July 01 2014 at 1:24 PM

It does not matter anything to the NBA. He is still banned for life regardless of this hearing. This case is not a NBA case. So it really does not mean anything in the long run.

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alphaome4 July 01 2014 at 10:05 AM

At the trial, I would pipe in RAP music over the intercom system, just to set the mood.

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g23you2012 alphaome4 July 01 2014 at 1:25 PM

It does not matter. You are a crazy hater. You won't the black players slavemastered because that is how you were done by your own parents. You are living vicariously through crazy Donald Sterling. He is like you parents.

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paganstve g23you2012 July 01 2014 at 3:58 PM

So he's a hater. who cares.

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rude July 01 2014 at 11:04 AM

Best of luck to you, Donald. Kick butt.

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g23you2012 rude July 01 2014 at 1:26 PM

You would know a lot about getting your butt kicked........and everything else.

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Hi Ed July 01 2014 at 10:31 AM

Why is that its OK for Michael Jorden mnake race Commets About the Whites and It is OK for THE NBA and The Blacks. Huffington News is printing anything about Jorden and him still admitting he is a raceist

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bill Hi Ed July 01 2014 at 11:54 AM

wondering the same thing, but, I think it is called a double standard

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g23you2012 Hi Ed July 01 2014 at 1:27 PM

Donald Sterling is your Macking Daddy.....

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renner1234 July 01 2014 at 11:02 AM

This whole mess is because Sterling had an argument with his girl freind.

The news people are nuts and should be a shamed .

Bit thats how they sell their product.

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orion15stars renner1234 July 01 2014 at 11:25 AM

People should be ashamed for behaving as racist hate mongers but they aren't. Sterling and your post are proof of that.

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g23you2012 renner1234 July 01 2014 at 1:28 PM

You got a lot of nerve.

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fUK U July 01 2014 at 9:42 AM

on trial for speaking your mind

what people should take out of this

is the mind set that

They are going to be next

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g23you2012 July 01 2014 at 1:14 PM

His mental capacity does not matter. This trial does not matter. The NBA is going to take the team from him regardless starting the 15th of this month.

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dennismlns July 01 2014 at 1:14 PM

Hey Donnald, next time you want to piss off the NBA, I would suggest NOT SELLING A TEAM TO YOUR WIFE AFTER BEING CAUGHT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN, she doesn't have a mental problen, YOU DO!

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nnorthcharleston July 01 2014 at 11:22 AM

best of luck donald i hope you win in all your law suits

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orion15stars nnorthcharleston July 01 2014 at 11:26 AM

Racists always back other racists in their hate mongering. Never fails to happen.

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g23you2012 orion15stars July 01 2014 at 1:31 PM

This is the first time your whacko behind made a statement without hating.

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