@NoodlekaboodleSo it's not about..."...glad
utah valley guy thinks that it is okay to be forced to sell personal property.
this is the "change"libs want, but germany wanted change in 1932
also...".or"...Only in liberal America can a
person be forced to buy something (Obamacare) and be forced to sell something!
What happened to freedom?...".Amazing.Seriously,
thank you for your comment addressing the facts of the sale.It's too bad some DN readers prefer to spew hate rather than address the
@Lets RollExactly, but just to add a bit more detail, the rules of the
trust(which were agreed to by Donald and Shelly Sterling) said that both had a
say in decisions made by the trust. However, there was a clause that if a doctor
deemed either one not mentally competent to make those types of decisions, than
the other retained full control of the trust. Shelly had doctors evaluate
Donald, and they diagnosed that he was showing signs of alzheimers and dementia,
and gave their medical opinion that he wasn't fit to make financial
decisions for the trust. Then his wife turned around and sold the team to
Ballmer. This suit that he just lost was against her, not the NBA, and the judge
decided she did follow the rules of the trust, so she was allowed to make the
sale. He's still getting a billion dollars, the NBA didn't steal his
team, nor did they force him to sell.
Lots of legal opinions here...and there's been quite a bit going on, but
this decision has nothing to do with the NBA or its Constitution or Bylaws. Nor
does it have anything to do with other owners or the NBA forcing Sterling to
sell the team. The owners never voted.This case had to do with Ms.
Sterling's voluntary decision to sell the team to Steve Ballmer.My understanding is that the Clippers were owned by a Sterling family trust
(think estate planning, folks put their assets (homes, bank accounts, etc)) in
trusts all the time.This legal proceeding had to do with who had
power to sell the team out of the trust, to Ballmer. Ms. Sterling made the
decision to sell and signed the deal with Ballmer on bebalf of the trust. She
claimed she had the ability to do so and the judge agreed. I suspect she argued
she was empowered to do so on multiple grounds: the trust allowed her to do so;
and, I suspect, that Mr. Sterling was mentally incapable of acting on behalf of
What a lot of you are failing to recognize is that, as an owner of an NBA team,
he agreed contractually to the terms and conditions set forth by the bylaws that
all other 29 owners are also contractually to abide by. As such, the other 29
owners have the option to vote as to whether or not an owner is able to keep his
team. So, yes, he is not bound by the "laws of the land" and can, in
fact, be forced to sell his team. If not by the judge, as the decision passed
down shows, then by a vote of the other 29 owners. Donald Sterling should just
cut his losses and count his cool $2B all the way to the bank. One way or
another, he WILL lose the team. Another thing to keep in mind is
that several players, as well as his coach, as well as sponsors (read: $$$$)
will boycott and not play or withdraw their support of the Clippers, if Sterling
remains owner of the team, thus driving down the value of the team. But
Sterling's ego, and bank account, won't care. He's always proven
to only be in it for himself.
glad utah valley guy thinks that it is okay to be forced to sell personal
property. this is the "change"libs want, but germany wanted change in
Only in liberal America can a person be forced to buy something (Obamacare) and
be forced to sell something! What happened to freedom?
No matter how much he spends and how far the lawsuit goes, he's going to
get the same answer. The NBA has every right to let the other owners decide who
can be an owner of an NBA franchise and who can't. Sterling has no basis
for his lawsuits or appeals - and the appeals court won't be bashful in
telling him exactly that.
Sterling will appeal and the will win his case. Last time I checked, you
can't force anyone to sell anything unless it comes under the heading of
eminent domain. The Race Baiters that are in favor of forcing Sterling to sell
the Clippers are soon to be very disappointed.
Don is still very clever and crafty, despite his age. I wouldn't be
surprised if he gets the case taken all the way to the Supreme Court.