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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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91.

JenJen    

She should sell the team for $1.00 just to get back at the bastard . It'd never happen, she's a greedy bastard too!

63 days ago
92.

Jay W.     

Screw the NBA!

63 days ago
93.

cluesarethere    

Yeah... The Chinese has a chance to own another piece of America.

63 days ago
94.

Omari Tahir    

FYI MR..PRESIDENT MR STERLING IS NOT "IGNORANT". HE IS TRUTHFUL AND HONEST ABOUT THE PAST AND PRESENT US POLITICAL ECONOMIC SOCIAL SYSTEM AND MOST IMPORTANT PAST AND PRESENT "US WHITE SUPREMACY"/ BLACK LABOR CULTURE!! "THE KING HAS NO CLOTHES"
Mr. Sterling is a typical "EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL BUSINESS MAN" operating on the land PIRATED FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPED BY AFRICAN:"SLAVE LABOR" THROUGH GENOCIDAL TERRORISM !!!! LIKE HIS FELLOW EURO DESCENDANT BANKERS, MOVIE EXECUTIVES. INDUSTRIALISTS, POLITICIANS, CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, EVANGELICAL AND OTHER "WHITE JESUS" RELIGIOUS LEADERS. The "WHITE SUPREMACY COURT" has ruled in the DRED SCOTT CASE THAT "A BLACK MAN HAS NO RIGHTS A WHITE MAN IS BOUND TO RESPECT"? What is new???? "THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME"??? IT IS TIME THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS FORM AND CONTROL THEY OWN MULTI- ETHNIC LEAGUES AND THEN MERGE WITH THE NBA AND NFL!!!!! PLANTATIONS SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN JUST "WHITE" OWNERS IN 2014 FORWARD OR THE BLACK HORSES DON'T RUN!!!!................. TALENT EQUALS CONTROL.??????? FOR THE SAKE OF JUSTICE YOU CAN THROW IN $$$TRILLIONS FOR "REPAIRATIONS" (REPARATIONS) 400 YEARS OF UNPAID BLACK "SLAVE LABOR" BEFORE THE NBA AND NFL!!!!!!!! YES, YES, YES JUSTICE AND AN END TO ECONOMIC APARTHEID!!!! Omari Tahir FOUNDER African American Heritage Museum and Culture Center and AFRICATOWN SEATTLE (SUPER SONICS).

62 days ago
95.

Whocares    

Who the **** cares?!!!

62 days ago
96.

john    

What I heard him saying. I keep you to make me look verial at the games, you get to play around with the big bucks the rest of the time, just don 't make me look ****old while I am in the spotlight at the stadium!

62 days ago
97.

Rigby    

Old saggy white people gross

62 days ago
98.

Truth Spitter    

What is really behind the Fear of Black Males. First of all, White men know that mostly everything they have has come as a result of rape, robbery , murder and slavery and from the exploitation of people of color. 98% of the money in America is Blood money going all the way back to the institution of slavery. Most of the Whites of today have benefited off of the inequity of their forefathers. They fear that Blacks will retaliate against them for all of the wicked deeds that they have done to Blacks over hundreds of years. Secondly, White men like Donald Sterling put so much emphasis on money to compensate for the fact that they have a small penis. They Fear and Envy Black Men, because they don't measure up. Why is it that white men spend over $1 Billion per year on sun tanning products and over $1 Billion per year on Male enhancement drugs and penis enlargements. Once again, they envy Black men so much to the point that they want to try to "appear" Black.

62 days ago
99.

Nel    

I was hoping Donald fights the "mob" led by Silver, Sharpton, and the rest of race-hustlers.

62 days ago
100.

TKO    

OJ Simpson kills ex-wife and her neighbor......
CRICKETS, CRICKETS, CRICKETS

Clippers's owner Don Stirling uses 'N' word......
Mediatards throw major conniption fit

62 days ago
101.

truthtalks    

Phuk Silver bald headed cracker!!

62 days ago
102.

chuhyona    

As long as the buyer has never uttered a racist remark .

62 days ago
103.

AL    

Maybe its Time for a resurgence or renaissance of the great Independent Leagues and Teams to regain popularity, like the days of old,,, before TV, and the megga salaries. Some of the best teams, players, stadiums where independent in all forms of sports,,, baseball, football, auto racing, basketball. The Franchises today with the bloated salaries are like megga Unions and with that you get outrageous gate fees. How bout them Yankees????

62 days ago
104.

AL    

HEY DON STERLING?? Are you listening???After the debacle of the taking your franchise,,,, go build a Field of Dreams of your own, near Cubans area in Texas,,,, hell in Amarillo it doesn't matter an advertise the Best Independant Stadium with Independant Contractor players with at will employment, advertise no TV allowed come one, come all take on our teams of whatever sport. Gate admission 10 bucks any seat. Place an auto racing track around the field and race stock cars too... I'd go just for the novelty of it.

62 days ago
105.

FREEDOM    

DONALD AND SHELLY ARE INTELLIGENT, SUCCESSFUL, POWERFULL PEOPLE. WHO WORKED HARD TO MAKE THERE BILLIONS.

62 days ago
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