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Sterling appeals ruling that OK'd Clippers sale



By LINDA DEUTSCH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Deposed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling asked an appellate court on Friday to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Lawyers for Sterling asked the Second District Court of Appeals to stay a probate judge's ruling that cleared the way for the sale. They said the judge prematurely finalized his ruling so the sale can be completed without a chance to appeal.

Sterling's lawyers said in their request for a writ of mandate that if the sale goes through, "Donald will have lost a unique and irretrievable asset: a 'trophy asset' coveted by high net worth individuals around the world - one of thirty NBA franchises in the country, and one that under Donald's thirty-year ownership has recently become one of the most successful."

The main complaint of the appellants is the judge's decision to allow the sale to go forward with no time for an appeal. He used a section of law that bars a stay of his decision.

Given that provision, it was unclear if the appeal would have any effect. The sale could conceivably go forward while the appeal makes its way through the courts.

Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.

"The nature of the trial court's order all but guarantees that this court will never review this matter by appeal," the lawyers said. "lf the sale of the Clippers is not stayed, the team is likely to be sold before any appeal could be brought or decided, rendering Donald's appeal rights hollow. This is a textbook example of irreparable harm, and cries out for writ relief."

The writ filed by the Donald Sterling legal team demanded an immediate stay of the judge's ruling. It said that in the absence of a stay, the sale could go forward immediately. It noted that the NBA plans to meet on Aug. 15 to approve the sale.

Addressing the ruling by Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas, the document said his action "was unreasonable, arbitrary, a prejudicial abuse of discretion, and manifestly against the law."

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Bill August 09 2014 at 12:30 AM

Every American who wants to retain their individual rights and privacy should be concerned as to what the NFL and this court has done to this man. All actions are based on his own private feelings expressed in private. Based on the reasoning used against this man, none of us are safe from being persecuted by those with money and power if they are able to capture our inner most thoughts. Most of us, under these terms, could probably be convicted of a crime if they are allowed to steal our private thoughts and feelings regarding our government and those running it, and then use it to prosecute us. The NFL had much greater grounds to pursue him on earlier public actions, but did not do so because they were not going to lose any money if they didn't. The biggest fraud in this matter is the NFL and the other owners.

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npaleorelic August 09 2014 at 5:57 AM

Still baffles me as to how he's been treated because of his privately held opinions. What next ? Making home owners sell their house and move outta' the neighborhood because they made politically inncorrect statements about their neighbors ?

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slop9124 August 09 2014 at 4:59 AM

I hope Sterling lives to be a 110 years old and fights for his right to own his team. This man made some comments in a private conversation with his well paid mistress in essence he was pissed at her because she played around with blacks and it made him look silly. Nothing I heard on the tape was racist, only the black media and over paid black NBA players made a big racist thing out of nothing. If the guy is racist and hates black people why is his throwing out so much money on a mixed race ugly slut and pay his black coach and black players millions. How come nobody calls Oprah a racist and puts her off the air and forces her to give up her network when she said racism won't go away until the last old white man dies. She spends her million helping blacks in Africa and even here at home but how many schools has she built for white kids?

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tmspitrow August 08 2014 at 9:57 PM

mr sterling,fight the sorry azz nba aslong as you can.
what they are doing to you is totally bs and unamerican.

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TR by ML Neal... tmspitrow August 09 2014 at 12:58 AM

tmspitrow...there is no such word as aslong. There is, however, as long. How much money you got to help Sterling in his lost cause?

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slop9124 TR by ML Neal... August 09 2014 at 4:47 AM

TR or whatever. He forgot to hit the spacebar in a moment of upset over what the black media and a bunch of anti white NBA players are doing to Sterling over a private conversation with his mixed race idiot mistress who set him up. Speaking of space, fill the space between your ears with a functioning brain.

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johnria TR by ML Neal... August 09 2014 at 3:08 PM

Your blue ribbon is in the mail. It is well deserved because the world needs more petty people like you who feel the need to correct some else's grammar or spelling mistakes.

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Greg J. tmspitrow August 09 2014 at 3:32 PM

Yeah mr. Sterling keep on fighting; so you can pay the rest of your legal defense the remaining money you have if your wife don't take it; I am sure on your head stone it will say he kept on fighting the NBA the same results.

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gatorhaar August 08 2014 at 10:27 PM

KEEP THE TEAM DONALD, IT'S YOURS. TELL THEM TO SHOVE IT!

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TR by ML Neal... gatorhaar August 09 2014 at 3:34 PM

yeah, right, "his team". Seen him at any games since the ruling?

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brenhatestwinkie gatorhaar August 09 2014 at 5:26 PM

not when it comes to owning a fracnchise,lolol

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whiteman11111 August 08 2014 at 10:01 PM

black civilizations and Detroit have majority blacks that's why they are hell holes.

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Buckingham's August 08 2014 at 9:24 PM

You're OUT, Donnie. Quit whining.

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johngin1999 Buckingham's August 09 2014 at 7:13 AM

Bet you never had a "racist" comment come out of your racist mouth , huh? LOL
BTW Sterling who made PRIVATE comme are. Of wit. YOU are more racist because YOU don;t have a different colored gf or wife do you? Why not? Because You must be a racist.
How do you like being unjustly attacked like Sterling is?.

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knarfdr Buckingham's August 09 2014 at 10:07 AM

Hey johngin1999: your posting is almost illiterate. Take a few English courses.

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tcellguru August 09 2014 at 12:41 AM

I know what he siad, but who among us in our privacy haven't said some awful things also., Sometimes Ya vent, cause nobody's there, not exactly being true to Yourself, but at least ya ain't throwing it out there and intensionally hurting someone, and who among us haven't thought and said things and then wondered, why did or do I think or say things like that.

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TR by ML Neal... tcellguru August 09 2014 at 3:36 PM

tcelll....nobody cares whtat we think or say if it's not $$ or newsworthy....We are not "public figures" or do not have agreements with moneyed agencies. Donald Sterling did and it's cost him a fortune right now.

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Janice August 08 2014 at 9:37 PM

There is so much more that is important than this old jerk. Put him in a padded room and seal it up

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moooooooooochelle August 09 2014 at 4:23 PM

QUEEN LATIFAH: A SECTION OF MY POOL IS FOR HAMMERED WHITE GIRLS

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

MICHAEL JORDAN: I WAS AGAINST ALL WHITE PEOPLE

MUHAMMAD ALI: ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE DEVIL

TRAYVON MARTIN: CREEPY CRACKER

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ferrariqx moooooooooochelle August 09 2014 at 4:51 PM

We any of those comments made by a privileged by birthright majority?

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