Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
Donald Sterling is an unrepentant slumlord and serial sexual harasser. But it was only when a racist rant (one of many) was leaked to the media that the NBA banned Sterling and forced him to sell his L.A. Clippers.
Sterling had been battling the sale, and appealed a probate ruling that allowed his wife to sell the time. Only he appealed it very badly, and a California court affirmed the ruling. Now the former owner is running out of options.
Rochelle v. the Racist
Last year, Sterling's wife Rochelle removed him from the Sterling Family Trust after two doctors found him to be mentally incapacitated. This allowed Rochelle to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for almost $2 billion. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas upheld Sterling's removal last year.
Perhaps more satisfying than the court's ruling was its reasoning. A three-justice panel of California's 2nd District Court of Appeal held the evidence "overwhelmingly supported" Levanas's decision last year. A few other highlights, from the Los Angeles Times:
One-Man Wrecking Crew
This appeal is just one of many legal pans Sterling has in the fire. Sterling is suing TMZ over the release of the recording, suing the NBA in federal court over the sale, and suing his wife for divorce. It should not be forgotten that during his ownership, the Clippers were one of the worst franchises in sports history and have blossomed in his absence. So the only person who wants Sterling to regain control of the Clippers is Sterling himself.