Guess Which Unpopular Owner Is Still Holding Up the Sale of the Los Angeles Clippers?

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June 9 2014 1:47 PM

Guess Which Aging, Unpopular NBA Owner Is Still Holding Up the Sale of the Clippers?


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The interminably muddled Los Angeles Clippers situation seemed to have been resolved last week when Donald Sterling's lawyer said he would drop Sterling's suit against the NBA and allow the sale of the Clippers (which had been brokered by Sterling's wife Shelly) to become final. But this weekend NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that Sterling hasn't actually followed through on that promise—and his lawyer now says it might not happen. From Reuters:

"We're almost there. There is this last piece, and that is the lawsuit that Donald brought against the League and me personally," Silver told reporters before Game 2 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio.
In an email, Blecher told Reuters that no decision had been made on the lawsuit and all options were under consideration.

Shelly Sterling's sale agreement with the NBA agrees to indemnify the league against any suit by her husband, to whom she is still married. So even if Donald Sterling were somehow to win a suit against the league, his own estate would pay the damages. "In essence, Donald is suing himself and he knows that," Silver said.

Sterling was seen at Beverly Hills restaurant Mr. Chow this weekend with two "hot black chicks," TMZ reports, if you were looking for a reason to abandon civilization and start a new life as a forest person.

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