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Judge Rules Against Donald Sterling, Allows Sale Of Clippers To Steve Ballmer

  • Eric Goldschein

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Good news, finally, regarding the Donald Sterling saga: A Superior Court judge ruled against Sterling today in the (former?) owner’s attempt to block the sale of the Clippers. This brings this particular lawsuit to an end, though there are still others that need to be resolved before this nightmare is over.

Via the AP:

A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced.

”I can’t believe it’s over. I feel good,” she said.

Best of all for Shelly, Judge Levanas granted her request that she be allowed to sell the team regardless of an appellate court’s intervention — which means, at least according to this guy, the deal is done.

Not surprisingly, it sounds like Sterling’s erratic behavior — perhaps owed to his advanced age and Alzheimer’s disease — played a role in his inability to convince a judge that he was, like, totally competant. Via the New York Times:

The judge… 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.”

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