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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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31.

gegeok    

Ms racist....fake azz health dept.. lady...yeah right...she jus as bad as Donald..

120 days ago
32.

Obsever..    

This is war,,and Shelly s ready to fight..to keep black people out of buying the team....Loll

120 days ago
33.

maxovrdriv    

What did he say that has everyone is such an uproar, I missed it, not a big basketball fan

120 days ago
34.

paul a.    

I smell a deal. The NBA is terrified that the owners wont vote against DS so they have to find a way out that will prevent that vote from happening.
The owners dont want to support DS in any way, but they have to be worried about letting someone lose their team over a private conversation. There must be a lot of skeletons in their closets too.

120 days ago
35.

Truth    

"the NBA would order an involuntary sale of the team"

NO THEY CAN'T YOU IDIOTS. They can't seize property and sell it. They can kick the team out of the league, that's it.

120 days ago
36.

luckycharmz1    

Great! All u need is a reverse discrimination lawsuit against the NBA. Just know that you we're set up by that magnolian tranny. Thoses tapes seem chopped & edit.

120 days ago
37.

Truth    

Now watch media saint Magic Johnson end up owning the Clippers. Gee, how did THAT happen? Gosh. It's almost like it was setup that way along, isn't it. gee

120 days ago
38.

HRH Prince Michael    

Be blessed, Mrs. Sterling!


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120 days ago
39.

luckycharmz1    

My bad i meant Mongolian tranny..hehe

120 days ago
40.

FactsOrGTFO    

This is all so ridiculous. Why is this man being torn apart because he made PRIVATE comments to a whore who was secretly recording him for money? Does everyone forget that this young gold digging tramp was plotting all of this and clearly setting it up? It doesn't matter if he thinks that way, WHO CARES! Is him thinking that way affecting the team in any way? Nope! Wasn't affecting a damn thing until she released the tapes and every black man got their panties in a wad. Get over it. This man was raised in a time where things were different, obviously his parents brought him up to think that way. Is it right? Of course not. But it's his thoughts and it doesn't matter what you or anyone else thinks about it. News flash I don't get my panties in a sad everytime Jay Z or Kanye rap about 'crackers'. Oh I know let's FORCE Jay Z to sell his company because he is very clearly racist to white people. Oh I forgot it's only considered racism if it's a white person against any other race, my bad.

120 days ago
41.

boo boo    

My prediction: she tries to arrange a transfer of ownership from the Sterling Family Trust to a newly created entity which will include herself, her son and perhaps a third party. She will want to remain in control of business operations after the fake sale...I mean, sale. Silver and the NBA will not agree to the terms and she will sue...and lose.

120 days ago
42.

Truth    

YEA, WAT DOES "HER" TERMS MEAN? TRANSFER TO ANOTHER RACIST AKA AL SHARPTON AND JESSIE JACKSON?? #TRUTH!!

120 days ago
43.

Chris    

Let the games begin. Score: owners 2. NBA 0.

120 days ago
44.

myrtle14    

Jesse and Al fight for the rights that people are treated fairly. They are from racist! That is like saying Martin Luther King is racist. U do not know what the hell your talking about. TRUTH!!!

120 days ago
45.

nologinyo    

I can see why Sterling didn't want his girlfriend associating with this thieving ghetto crowd.

120 days ago
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