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Sterling says he won't sell team, calls wife pig



LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he would never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.

"Make no mistake today," Sterling shouted toward the end of his second day of testimony in the trial to determine his wife's right to make a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers, "I will never, ever sell this team and until I die I will be suing the NBA for this terrible violation under antitrust."

He was followed to the stand by wife Shelly, who tried to approach him in the front row of the courtroom after she was done for the day.

"Get away from me, you pig!" Sterling shouted.

The judge then admonished him to make no further comments.

Donald Sterling Doesn't Plan To Sell Clippers


Sterling began his testimony by saying he loved his wife, but then denounced her. He said she told him to have psychiatric and neurological exams only because he had turned 80, and she was concerned for his health.

"She deceived me. I trusted her," Sterling said. "I never thought a wife wouldn't stand for her husband."

Donald Sterling's lawyers are challenging the authority of Shelly Sterling under the family trust to unilaterally cut a deal for the team with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Before she made the deal, two doctors examined Donald Sterling and declared him mentally incapacitated and unable to act as an administrator of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.

Sterling said he was certain his wife had never read the family trust because it was too complicated for her to understand.

During examination by his own lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, Sterling was asked about his wife's position in the trust if he were to be disqualified as a trustee.

"She has no rights whatsoever. She has no stock. She has no standing whatsoever," Sterling said.

He also lashed out at the NBA, saying, "My wife was terrified. She's frightened to death. She thinks the NBA will take away everything she worked for. She was scared out of her mind."

The NBA banned Donald Sterling for life and moved to force him to sell the Clippers after a recorded conversation in which he made racist statements came to light earlier this year.

Sterling at times yelled at his own lawyer as well as the lawyer for Shelly Sterling, and threw a paper down on the witness box.

He was followed to the stand by Shelly Sterling, who said she was a 50 percent beneficiary of the family trust.

When asked by her attorney Pierce O'Donnell if she was "separated" from her husband of 58 years, she said "sort of." But she described herself as his principal caretaker, who takes him to medical appointments, makes sure he takes all of his pills, and is concerned for him.

"Do you love your husband?" O'Donnell asked.

"Yes, I do," Shelly Sterling said.

But she then told of seeing him in an interview on CNN and becoming frightened at his personality change.

"I couldn't believe it, and I started crying," she said. "I felt so bad. I couldn't believe that was him."

She said she contacted a neurologist to examine him and later a psychiatrist, thinking initially that he might have had a stroke.

She said she suggested radiological tests or imaging to examine his brain, and was told eventually that he had early signs of Alzheimer's.

She became slightly tearful as she described her understanding of the disease, which becomes progressively worse.

Her testimony is scheduled to resume Thursday.

NBA owners are scheduled to vote on the Ballmer deal on July 15. It's also the day that Ballmer's offer is set to expire - and there is no deal without the judge's approval of the sale.

If the sale isn't completed by Sept. 15, the league said it could seize the team and put it up for auction.
Donald Sterling Denounces Wife, Her Lawyers And The NBA

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David Joseph Manger July 09 2014 at 9:43 PM

the nba has big balls.If the guy does have alzheimers then the nba is taking advantage of the mentally handicapped and they should treat his recorded statement as if it came from a mentally sick person..The fact they are even trying to force this man out is ludicrous.

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qqq146 July 09 2014 at 9:49 PM

Leave him alone saying something innappropriate is no reason to force him to do anything, I would think he can have any view he wishes, whatever happened to freedom of speech,

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itzmebilly2 July 09 2014 at 10:02 PM

i stand by him.

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markschupp July 09 2014 at 9:55 PM

I can call Obamy, Pelousy, and Reid, anything I want in my home.

Let them try and take my business away!

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jyates1936 July 09 2014 at 11:07 PM

For someone with Alzheimers disease he seems pretty sharp. He knows a pig when he sees one. I hope Mr. Sterling keeps his word and continues to sue the NBA.

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bmitche July 09 2014 at 9:35 PM

He sounds mentally stable to me.

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skdoc1 July 09 2014 at 9:44 PM

His behavior is that of someone with Dementia: forgetfulness, acting out, emotion lability and ambiguity, especially towards his wife. Whether the things he said were in a private conversation or not, Sterling is clearly not an individual who can manage his own activities of daily living, much less his business. For the defense to allow him to be embarrassed on the stand was itself tantamount to malpractice, even when it came to their own interrogatory

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Joy July 09 2014 at 9:46 PM

Many Alzheimer's patients suffer from rage. I have a loved one who broke everything in the house in an unaccountable rage. This woman was one of the loveliest and most compassionate people I've known. It changed her. We do not know Sterling and his wife's relationship prior to this illness. I would not assume anything here.

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ganderrrr July 09 2014 at 9:41 PM

Donald Sterling was Shelley Sterling's best witness. Nothing establishes incompetence better than random rage and invective, combined with a repeated inability to focus on and answer questions.

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happydreamcookie July 10 2014 at 11:21 AM

Donald Sterling is a hypocrite who complained that a wife should stand by her husband. Meanwhile Sterling has had numerous affairs and betrayed his wife by doing so. He certainly hasn't stood by her.

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