Donald Sterling bought the San Diego Clippers for $12.5 million. But, according to a report by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, he had very little to do with selling the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer.
“I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner,” Shelly Sterling said in a statement. “We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success.” Donald Sterling has remained uncharacteristically silent about the transaction.
“The Sterling Family Trust had rules & guidelines about mental incapacitation,” Shelburne tweeted Thursday night. “Very recently, Donald was found by experts to be incapacitated.” She continued: “There could still be a response by Donald Sterling & his lawyers, but his first action would be to contest Shelly’s move, not NBA now.”
Sterling appeared lucid though obnoxious in his interview with Anderson Cooper, who affirmed that he believed his subject responded to his questions with the full power of his faculties. The incapacitation ruling leaves open an additional reason, beyond challenging the NBA’s push to push Sterling from ownership, to challenge the sale. Steve Ballmer, however, provided Donald Sterling two billion reasons not to.