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Donald Sterling

Surrenders Control of Clippers

... to Shelly

5/23/2014 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Donald Sterling is no longer the controlling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers ... TMZ Sports has learned he just surrendered control to his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, and she is now secretly negotiating with the NBA to sell the team ... ON HER TERMS.

Sources close to the Clippers organization tell us ... Donald made the decision because he saw the handwriting on the wall -- as long as he remained in control, the NBA would order an involuntary sale of the team.

Our sources say Shelly and her lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, have been secretly meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA lawyers to "resolve the dispute amicably."    We're told Shelly realizes the NBA wants the team sold, but she has significantly more leverage and credibility with the league than Donald.  Her end game is simple -- she won't object to the sale, but SHE wants to call the shots.

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Our Sterling sources say Shelly is prepared to sue the NBA and she will file legal docs (not the suit itself but papers laying out her case) on Tuesday if the NBA orders an INVOLUNTARY sale.  She's down with a sale but only a voluntary one that puts her in control.  

Attorney Pierce O'Donnell would not comment on this story, but did say, "Shelly Sterling's preference has always been to find a way to resolve this dispute amicably with the NBA in a mutually satisfactory manner." 



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1.

Sloane    

not good enough! he needs to sell

103 days ago
2.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Wow, didn't see that coming

103 days ago
3.

ldgloria    

There is NOWAY a woman can be married to a man for over 50 yrs and NOT know the kind of person he is. She has NO right to have ANY ownership of the team. I feel that NO member of the Sterling family should be allowed to have any connection with the NBA.

103 days ago
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ms.b    

Not going to work. It was clearly stated that none of the family members should have any ownership. And i dont believe any judge would grant her any settlement if she does try to sue . Because of the nature of the case .

103 days ago
5.

Dog And Pony    

He dislikes his soon to be ex wife, but at least he's keeping the Clippers in the "family". The devil you know ...

103 days ago
6.

Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

Most of my friends and family are lawyers...the Sterling's have no chance in Hell of keeping the team.. But, I also dislike privately filming somebody without their permission....Stiviano belongs in prison!

103 days ago
7.

John    

Tax Break!

103 days ago
8.

TSR    

It is ignorance such as the majority of the comments below that has this situation where it is now. Sure Sterling said some awful things and we should in no way tolerate that. What about what Shaq did teasing a person with disabilities on social media. Shaq is a part owner of the Sacramento Kings. So what we are saying is we care about race but we don't care if you make fun of the disabled? NBA fans need to hold the league accountable for all of its actions not just pick and choose. I will not watch a league where they tolerate making fun of the disabled. The NBA caters to a bunch of spoiled uneducated millionaires. Players don't need to make policy they need to play ball.

103 days ago
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JermaineJacksonsHairline    

The ex wife!He already lost..This is better then getting half for her..NBA should not force sell cause DS's estranged now has him by the balls.

103 days ago
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MILK    

hahaha no one saw that coming, good job buddy

103 days ago
11.

DiscreetCleaners    

She is a smart women, the commissioner is scratching his head now. Cause if she doesn't want to sell the team she doesn't have to so the balls in her court, and the the sterlings win

103 days ago
12.

Bob Barker    

Sorry Magic "AIDS" Johnson, no team for you. She will sell it to one of Donald's rich buddies.

103 days ago
13.

liz    

It's scary to me that in AMERICA, a man (albeit a dumb man) can make statements in the privacy of his own home, be illegally taped, & he gets "forced" to sell his business? All Americans should be worried this shizz can go down....what's next?!

103 days ago
14.

OhReally    

Oh wow ...

103 days ago
15.

davidrshep    

I'm sure she worked out a deal with him to split the money.

103 days ago
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