The whole Donald Sterling, will-he, won’t-he sale of the Los Angeles Clippers might finally be resolved.
This afternoon a California probate court judge ruled that Sterling could not block the sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, a deal which Sterling’s wife, Shelly, agreed to in May.
Per the New York Times:
The judge, Michael Levanas of California Superior Court, said he found Rochelle Sterling to be a more credible witness than her husband, who acted erratically during several days of testimony, raising his voice at lawyers from both sides, and referring to his wife as “a pig.”
The issue that held up the initial sale is whether Shelly had the right to act as the broker. Sterling’s family trust stipulated that he could be removed from the negotiation process if he were deemed mentally incapacitated. Two doctors who tested Sterling’s mental health agreed that he was, which Levanas believed.
This is all good news for Clippers fans, who were probably just anxious to see the sale resolved. However, they probably would’ve greatly preferred to see it force Sterling’s hand in the sale, as both head coach Doc Rivers and star player Chris Paul threatened to quit and sit out, respectively, if Sterling stayed.
This crazy legal ordeal can probably best be summed by Grantland NBA writer Netw3rk, who boiled it all down into one tweet:
This may be the hardest anyone has ever fought to not get two billion dollars
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) July 28, 2014