Thursday, June 12, 2014
As I have previously discussed, the diagnosis by doctors that Donald Sterling was mentally unfit aided the sale of the Clippers by Shelly Sterling to Steve Ballmer, because the terms of the family trust did not require his signature if he was mentally unfit. Further, the trust did not require that the determination of mental fitness be through a court order. Now, Shelly is petitioning a probate court for an emergency order on this issue.
Donald Sterling has declared that he will put up a fight. It is believed that Sterling would have consented to the deal if asked, but that his change of heart is a combination of Shelly having him diagnosed as mentally unfit and the NBA’s decision to not remove Sterling’s lifetime ban and the fine. Sterling has stated that he is defending his freedom of speech and will continue to fight for his rights.
See Ramona Shelburne, S. Sterling’s Attorney Heads to Court, ESPN, June 11, 2014.
Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.