Donald Sterling Authorizes Sale of Clippers, Vows He Will Never Sell Clippers

The Slatest
Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 28 2014 3:13 PM

Donald Sterling Authorizes Sale of Clippers, Vows He Will Never Sell Clippers

167686036
The Sterlings in April.

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

After days of confusion, the New York Times gets to the bottom of the Donald Sterling mess with a succinct report: the reason that it's not clear what's happening with the Los Angeles Clippers is that Sterling appears to have legally authorized the team's sale and vowed to never sell it.

The Times has a copy of a signed letter from Sterling authorizing his wife Shelly and the NBA to discuss a sale:

It reads, in part: “This letter confirms that Donald T. Sterling authorizes Rochelle Sterling to negotiate with the National Basketball Association regarding all issues in connection with a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers team, owned by LAC Basketball Club, Inc.”
Advertisement

But:

One of his lawyers, Maxwell M. Blecher, later said that Sterling was disavowing anything his wife was doing to sell the team.
“He’s not interested in selling,” Blecher said in an interview with ESPN. “He’s going to fight to the bloody end.”

Sterling's hearing over the league's move to assume ownership of the team (and handle its sale) is on June 3. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that Shelly Sterling is asking potential buyers to submit their bids by 5 p.m. Eastern time today.

In summary: ???

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. Follow @Slatest on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

Culturebox

The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers

Education

Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.

Culturebox

The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
  Business
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
  Life
Dear Prudence
Oct. 23 2014 6:00 AM Monster Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 8:51 AM The Male-Dominated Culture of Business in Tech Is Not Great for Women
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 9:00 AM Exclusive Premiere: Key & Peele Imagines the Dark Side of the Make-A-Wish Program
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.