Donald Sterling’s NBA tenure has officially been clipped. The NBA announced that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has taken over the Los Angeles Clippers franchise after the transaction closed on Tuesday (Aug. 12). A court ruling stated that Donald’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling was within her rights to negotiate the sale with Ballmer.
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The scandalous saga of Sterling’s fall began in April when TMZ Sports posted audio of the ex-owner making racist remarks against minorities to his rumored ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano. “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games,” he said. After receiving a $2.5 million fine and a lifetime ban from the league, Donald filed then dropped his $1 million lawsuit only to appeal the block of the team sale. Here, he took an L and a judge confirmed that Shelly had negotiated a “good deal” for the Clippers and had the rights to remove her husband as a trustee after two doctors determined Donald had signs of Alzheimer’s disease and was incapable of making business decisions. Ballmer is reportedly acquiring the Clippers franchise for $2 billion.