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  • Sterling’s last bid to halt L.A. Clippers sale blocked by court

    3 weeks ago

    Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his final chance to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA team to former Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, when a California appeals court refused on Wednesday to halt the deal.

    The three-judge panel rejected...

  • Los Angeles Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer finalized, NBA says

    3 weeks ago

    Steve Ballmer, the former head of Microsoft, has completed his $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, ending a saga that began when former team owner Donald Sterling was heard making racist remarks to his girlfriend on a tape recording.

    The deal closed...

  • Judge allows $2 billion sale of NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers to proceed

    July 28, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    The record $2 billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer can proceed over the objections of co-owner Donald Sterling, a judge tentatively ruled on Monday.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the...

  • Sterling marriage ‘stress’ at issue as L.A. Clippers trial nears end

    July 24, 2014 | 5:32 pm

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bid to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA team in a probate trial entered its final stretch on Wednesday when his attorneys sought to prove his estranged wife improperly seized control of the franchise.

    Sterling's attorneys called...

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  • Shelly Sterling to seek court backing as Clippers owner

    June 10, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Shelly Sterling will seek an emergency court order confirming her as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers in a bid to block her estranged husband from having any say in the team's $2 billion sale, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

    Donald Sterling, 80, was banned...

  • Donald Sterling says Clippers not for sale, after all

    June 9, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    Basketball franchise the Los Angeles Clippers is not for sale, owner Donald Sterling said on Monday, vowing to fight to keep the team he built, NBC News reported, in the latest salvo of his battle with the league.

    Sterling, who was banned for life by the National Basketball...

  • Sterling agrees to Clippers sale, will drop NBA lawsuit

    June 4, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    Donald Sterling, the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has agreed to sell the team for $2 billion and will drop his lawsuit against the National Basketball Association, his lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, said on Wednesday.

    Sterling, 80, has been banned for life and fined...

  • Sterling purchase of the Clippers among top investments in memory

    June 2, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Donald Sterling, forced to sell his National Basketball Association team after a lifetime ban for making racist comments, is not going to be remembered as a "visionary," "icon" or "oracle" – terms attached over the years to renowned business personalities such as Bill Gates, Steve...

  • NBA’s Clippers defy gravity with team’s record sale price

    May 30, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's record $2 billion deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers shows that star forward Blake Griffin and his monster slam dunks aren't the only things that defy gravity.

    When the National Basketball Association first hit Clippers owner Donald Sterling...

  • NBA wants vote on Sterling despite Clippers sale pact

    May 30, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    The NBA said Friday it will go ahead with a vote on terminating Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, although it signaled that a proposal by Sterling's wife to sell the franchise was its preferred course.

    The National Basketball Association said in a statement...

  • Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer buys Clippers for $2 billion

    May 29, 2014 | 4:26 pm

    Former Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer has purchased the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers franchise for $2 billion, a record for a professional basketball team, sole trustee Shelly Sterling announced on Friday.

    In a news release from Greenberg Glusker, Sterling's counsel, she said she...

  • Donald Sterling’s reverse lawyer-up: Will fight NBA to keep L.A. Clippers

    May 28, 2014 | 4:57 pm

    Donald Sterling said the NBA has no basis for stripping him of ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Sterling’s representatives said the infamous recording in which he can be heard making derogatory remarks about blacks to his girlfriend were recorded illegally “during an...

  • NBA takes steps to terminate Sterling’s ownership rights

    May 20, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    The National Basketball Association filed paperwork to terminate Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling of all ownership rights in the franchise.

    Sterling has until May 27 to respond to Monday’s filing. He will be allowed to make a presentation at a special Board of Governors...

  • Sterling to fight NBA life ban, fine

    May 16, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Donald Sterling reportedly is threatening to sue the NBA for his life ban for making racist remarks in a private conversation.

    Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Sterling’s lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, wrote the NBA to say that Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers,...

  • Donald Sterling TV tirade puts surprise spotlight on Jewish free loan groups

    May 15, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    Not every celebrity endorsement is a welcome one.

    The saga of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling took yet another bizarre turn when he went on national television this week and started touting the virtues of Jewish mutual aid organizations.

    In a CNN interview that...

  • Magic Johnson: Donald Sterling won’t harm black-Jewish relations

    May 15, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Magic Johnson said Donald Sterling’s diminishing his charitable efforts in the African-American community would not harm relations between the Jewish and black communities.

    “One thing great about the African-American and Jewish communities is that they have worked well together...

  • Protest structural racism, not just Sterling racism

    May 14, 2014 | 11:34 am

    When I heard the tape recordings of Donald Sterling, I, like many of you, felt outrage and disgust. 

    I would like to believe that Sterling is an outlier, that his sentiments are not representative. But as the days go by and I hear about the fervor with which the community has...

  • Magic Johnson shrugs off criticism from embattled Clippers owner [VIDEO]

    May 14, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson shrugged off the latest character assault leveled at him by Donald Sterling, calling the Los Angeles Clippers owner "delusional" and suggesting Sterling acted out of desperation to keep the NBA from seizing his team.

    "He's reaching. He's...

  • Clippers owner apologizes, says he was ‘baited’ into racist comments

    May 12, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    Two weeks after he was banned by the NBA for racist comments, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling broke his silence with a televised apology for his "terrible mistake" while insisting he was "baited" into making the remarks.

    In an interview to be aired in full later on...

  • Sterling apologizes in first interview since racist rant [VIDEO]

    May 12, 2014 | 9:32 am

    Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, publicly apologized in his first interview since the remarks were made public.

    “I’m a good member who made a mistake and I am apologizing and asking for forgiveness,” Sterling...

  • ADL creates bias-education curriculum for schools

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    May 7, 2014 | 11:37 am

    The controversy surrounding L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been the talk of the town since racist comments attributed to him were released at the end of April, so the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) thought it should be the responsible talk of schools as well.

    To educate...

  • Now the Real Work Begins

    May 6, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    After days of enduring endless airings of the most repulsively racist audio recordings in recent memory, most of us rejoiced when National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver swiftly delivered a lifetime ban upon Donald T. Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles...

  • L.A. mayor expects Sterling will put up long fight before selling Clippers

    May 5, 2014 | 11:12 am

    The Jewish mayor of Los Angeles predicted that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling will put up a “protracted fight” before he sells the team.

    Eric Garcetti told the CBS program “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would continue to press Sterling, who also is Jewish, to sell the...

  • My Conversation with Donald Sterling: ‘I am not a racist’

    By David Suissa

    May 2, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    After three days of reaching out to friends to get an introduction to Donald Sterling as well as his contact information, I finally was able to talk to the most talked-about man in America.

    On Friday afternoon around 1PM Los Angeles time, I called.

    “Hello,” a deep voice...

  • Oprah, Geffen, Ellison want to buy Clippers from Donald Sterling

    April 30, 2014 | 5:15 pm

    The NBA set in motion on Wednesday an attempt to force a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, with Oprah Winfrey signaling interest as a potential buyer, after club owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from pro basketball for racist comments attributed to him.

    At least two of...

  • NBA bans Clippers owner from game for life over racist, anti-Semitic comments

    April 29, 2014 | 11:29 am

    The National Basketball Association on Tuesday banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the game for life and fined him $2.5 million for racist comments that drew a storm of outrage from players, fans, commercial sponsors and even President Barack Obama.

    Sterling,...

  • Donald Tokowitz Sterling:
    A Jew minus

    By David Suissa

    April 28, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    [UPDATE, May 2] My conversation with Donald Sterling


    My head is spinning from watching the horror show of Donald Sterling’s racist rants and his subsequent lifetime banishment from basketball. In case you’ve been on Mars the past week, Sterling is the billionaire owner of the Los...

  • Jewish groups slam racist rant attributed to Donald Sterling

    April 28, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Jewish groups condemned the racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, called the remarks “reprehensible.”

    “If the National Basketball Association’s investigation...

  • Obama denounces reported comments by NBA team owner as ‘racist’

    April 28, 2014 | 9:58 am

    President Barack Obama said on Sunday that comments reported to have been made by the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers basketball team were "incredibly offensive racist statements."

    The NBA is investigating an audio recording posted online of Clippers owner Donald Sterling...

  • In recording, Clippers owner Donald Sterling said Israelis treat black Jews ‘like dogs’ [AUDIO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 27, 2014 | 6:50 pm

    Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, apparently has no more fondness for Jewish black people than he does for non-Jewish black people.

    In a recording released today by the sports news website Deadspin, Sterling is heard telling his girlfriend that black...

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