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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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Eric Anderson    

Sterling took my advice. That is ,"SELL WHEN YOU ARE AT THE TOP STERLING," and "DO NOT, DONALD,
BE A "P-A-L."
Sell to win,
and to who?

128 days ago
107.

Mee    

Sounds like 'revenge' a-cooking

128 days ago
108.

Eddy4294    

So all you need to do is simply have a private conversation about something you are not interested in and you automatically have to sell your business??? I am amazed! He did nothing to his team, nothing to any race of humans, did not call any one a nggr, said nothing about the NBA. So why is he being forced to do this> My guess ids the Head of NBA is a coward and jumped the gun before someone made an issue of it as though there was going to be another L.A. riot from a bunch of uneducated cave man mentality idiots.

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