Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, is said to soon sue NBA while Shelly Sterling (his wife) plans to sell the basketball team to Steve Ballmer (ex Microsoft CEO) for $2 billion. The potential trial report was first released by NBC News. TMZ first let the world know about Shelly’s plans to sell the team.
Shelly and Donald both owed half of the team through a trust. After Donald was declared mentally incapable, Shelly negotiated the sale to Ballmer. This was possible as the trust included a clause allowing the wife to make decisions for both owners if the husband was found to be mentally incapable.
The NBA is currently reviewing the deal, which would be the highest ever for a team in the league.
About the sale, Shelly Sterling declared:
I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner.
Donald Sterling said that he wants to fight for the team. Bobby Samini, Sterling’s attorney, declared:
Sterling is not selling the team. That’s his position. He’s not going to sell.
So far there is no official report that Sterling sued the NBA. However, it is expected to be the case in the following 24 hours. Such a trial would stop the sale of the team in the event it happens. The move is one that seems to be designed to postpone the sale but there is not much that can be done from a legal point of view to stop Shelly Sterling from going through with the deal that was already sent to the NBA.