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Report: Donald Sterling settles lawsuit against NBA, his wife, over Clippers sale

Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling

Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling


Donald Sterling is moving on from the NBA.

The NBA happily moved on from him in 2014 when Commissioner Adam Silver banned him for life following the release of racist comments recorded in a private conversation — a firestorm that allowed Silver to do what David Stern should have done years before. This was followed by his wife Shelly Sterling making a Machiavellian move to sell the team from the family trust without Donald’s consent. Steve Ballmer paid $2 billion for the Clippers and everyone moved on.

Except Donald, who sued the league, his wife, Ballmer pretty much anyone else he could think of. He did so in multiple lawsuits, some of which were dismissed. The final lawsuit is now settled, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Bobby Samini, Sterling’s attorney, confirmed the agreement in an email to The Times.

“Donald is pleased with the outcome and is looking forward to focusing on future endeavors,” Samini wrote....

Pierce O’Donnell, Shelly Sterling’s attorney, expressed relief that the saga is finished. “Donald’s quixotic legal challenge to the record-shattering $2-billion sale was doomed from the very outset,” O’Donnell wrote in an email.

Shelly is still a regular at Clipper games.

Ballmer has spent money in areas where Sterling would not, and structurally the organization has taken steps forward. Now they just hope that translates to the court.