Judge rules against Donald Sterling, OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 29, 2014 4:31 p.m.


    So 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...".


    "...Only in liberal America can a person be forced to buy something (Obamacare) and be forced to sell something! What happened to freedom?...".


    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 facts.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    July 29, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    @Lets Roll
    Exactly, 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.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    July 29, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    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 the trust.

  • Cougar_Trojan_Spurs_Fan San Diego, CA
    July 29, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    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.

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    July 29, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    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

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 29, 2014 6:45 a.m.

    Only in liberal America can a person be forced to buy something (Obamacare) and be forced to sell something! What happened to freedom?

  • Utah Valley Guy Springville, UT
    July 28, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    July 28, 2014 7:21 p.m.

    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.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    July 28, 2014 5:04 p.m.

    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.