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Sterling loses appeal to block LA Clippers sale

Sterling's Appeal Denied


By BRIAN MELLEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Donald Sterling's latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was rejected Wednesday by a California appeals court.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a brief order Wednesday saying it couldn't halt a sale that had been completed.

"The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed," the court wrote. "Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay."

Even if the sale hadn't closed, the three judges said the former owner failed to show he was harmed enough to get a temporary stay.

Ballmer sealed the deal Tuesday after a probate judge cleared the way for Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team. The Los Angeles Superior Court judge said Shelly Sterling could complete the sale she negotiated after removing her husband of 58 years from the family trust that owned the team because of questions about his mental competence.

At the time she negotiated the record price for an NBA team the league was threatening to seize the team and auction it after banning Donald Sterling for life for making derogatory remarks about blacks.

Sterling's lawyers, who acknowledged in recent court filings that he isn't a sympathetic figure, derided the "popular" ruling against the unpopular owner. They said they were deeply disappointed with the appellate order.

"He has been deprived from ownership of the Clippers after 33 years without being accorded appellate review of this harsh result," attorneys Max Blecher and Bobby Samini said in a written statement.

Ballmer's lawyer, Adam Streisand, said they were "supremely confident" that even with further Sterling appeals, Ballmer is the "undisputed owner."

"Clipper nation rejoices," Streisand said. "He's got the ability to seek review by the California Supreme Court, where he has a one in 2 billion chance."

Shelly Sterling's lawyer said she was thrilled to have the court's blessing.

"It is time for Donald to accept that the game is over and he has run out of courts," attorney Pierce O'Donnell said in a statement.

Donald Sterling, 80, a billionaire lawyer who bought the team in 1981 for $12 million, still has lawsuits pending in state and federal court against the NBA. He has vowed to fight the league for the rest of his life.

His lawyers said he will be vindicated in the federal case.

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Daddy O August 14 2014 at 12:41 PM

Majority does not rule in this country anymore. There are way more people that think Donald was railroaded than not.

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debnaert August 14 2014 at 11:23 AM

GOVERNMENT CONTROL! You ain't seen nothing yet! Shame on this country for allowing this to happen!~ Shame on these Judges and shame all of YOU for allowing anyone to FORCE a sale of a company that YOU own!

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espana66 August 14 2014 at 11:56 AM

I hope he got rid of all the traitors in his life. His wife, that girl who started the whole thing. This is disgusting. If you don't agree with what every one thinks you should be doing, they take away everything. I won't live to see the Karma that they will get. I feel for this man

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jak.mon1 August 14 2014 at 12:27 PM

Appeal this case all the way up to US Supreme Court.
He is clearly the victim here

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whydoesbarryolie August 14 2014 at 12:08 PM

Why was Oprah considered as a buyer in the beginning since shes proven herself to be a racist?

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mitzi421 August 14 2014 at 11:10 AM

Good for him..he should fight and break whomever he is fighting with their legal court fees...
It is wrong to make a man sell his team
for what he said in the privacy of his own home....

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mike.fort August 14 2014 at 1:07 PM

The man is prejudice and he's an idiot. I agree with some of the other posts... - He had an arrangement with the NBA, a private entity. It was mutually beneficial business-wise. Because he caused an image problem for the NBA "getting caught making racist, prejudice remarks about player's" , they acted in accordance with their contract with Sterling and forced a sale. It was business. It was legal. It was fair. End of subject. And he can appeal it all he wants, and waste his billions, he won't get another trial, and if he does, it'll be rejected. Typical white, rich, self-righteous personality. He needs to learn to keep his bigoted comments to himself.

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TR by ML Neal... August 14 2014 at 5:30 PM

Bye-bye Donnie. Glad to see you go!!!

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Tuhloola11 August 14 2014 at 8:00 PM

Get a grip, Sterling !!! Perhaps, use some of your fortune to find a cure for Alzheimers, instead peeing it away on lost causes !!!!

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prairiecal August 14 2014 at 12:34 PM

Oh these poor billionaires. Doesn't your heart just bleed for them?

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