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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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46.

143218    

This is so ****ed up what's happening to this guy what happened to free speech?

92 days ago
47.

svt    

Great keep it under the wife and have full power still until they see Huge payday.

92 days ago
48.

K South West    

How many times does your poor uneducated writer have to reiterate that she wants the sale under her terms...I guess he assumed it was so poorly written that he had to write it over to convince hisself that he actually made the point.

92 days ago
49.

boo boo    

Once again, it's easy to spot the non-basketball fans on this thread. Go click on over to kimye's wedding or fox news, where you belong.

92 days ago
50.

ivan    

4 - now that she is a controlling owner of the clippers, the NBA can ban her for saying sterling is NOT a racist and force the sale of the clippers

92 days ago
51.

JW    

How pathetic America has become. If Sterling wants to continue to have ownership, let him. People can CHOOSE not to go and see the games, players can CHOOSE not to play for him, or renew their contracts. You hit him in the wallet by not participating in revenue generating items that bring Sterling monetary benefit.

What's taking place now is having the opposite effect that people will be expecting. By allowing the Sterling family to control the sale process they WILL be able to realize maximum return on investment. Over a Billion! As many have already come forward to express interest in the team a bidding war will most likely take place and really the only one that will be smiling will be the Sterlings. True that the NBA will be rid of an "open" bigot, but that will just be a reminder for everyone else to make sure they are more careful with their racist beliefs and thoughts, especially when a nasty little piece of trash records your conversations which you think are in confidence. Silly Rabbit.

92 days ago
52.

hmccomber    

For all of you "haters" out there. I have officially boycotted and blocked ALL sports channels to my home. Why, because the likes of Magic, Lemar, Abdul, All Sharpton, and Jessie Jackson along with Micheal who can say whatever they want and do whatever they want and never have to answer to the music.

92 days ago
53.

TreeOfLifeSword    

But it was supposed to go to magic!
Waaaaaahhhh!!!
The best laid plans go to waste...

92 days ago
54.

maxvordriv    

I missed it, what did he say to start all this?

92 days ago
55.

F'U    

Good for his ass! All that money and he's whining and complaining about other people.Of course we're all intitled to our own opinions,but everyone knows phone conversations aren't completely private.

92 days ago
56.

cristiana    

everyone wants to see him punished for making comments privately in his own home that were being illegally recorded. why isnt anyone upset over the invasion of privacy by a gold digger? over her attempt at blackmail? if this had happened to a black man making comments about white people, no one would be getting upset!

92 days ago
57.

Mike    

Awesome strategy! LMAO.

92 days ago
58.

MViewz    

<- y is the icon a bald headed man? Anyway, I spot a fake! Fake Sale!!!!! My ex once put a business in his wife's name to try to avoid paying child support

92 days ago
59.

YoursTruly    

Good riddance ✌

92 days ago
60.

Mark    

The "thought" police are ruining this country along with other bigots and "victims" who are always getting there feelings hurt.

92 days ago
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