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Donald Sterling

I Signed Away the Clippers

In a Letter

5/28/2014 5:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Donald Sterling
may now be saying he disavows anything Shelly Sterling is doing to sell the Clippers ... but TMZ Sports has obtained a letter personally signed by Donald giving Shelly control ... and he sent the letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

In the letter -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- dated May 22, 2014, Sterling's lawyer writes:

"As you know, I have been a long-time attorney for Donald T. Sterling.  Mr. Sterling agrees to the sale of his interest in the Los Angeles Clippers."

The letter goes on:  "This letter confirms that Donald T. Sterling authorizes Rochelle Sterling to negotiate with the National Basketball Association regarding all issues in connection with a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers team, owned by LAC Basketball Club, Inc."

Below the lawyers signature is Donald Sterling's John Hancock, saying "read and approved."

So ... Sterling's lawyer may now says he's unaware of any deal his client made with Shelly, but Donald did the deed on paper and it was signed, sealed and delivered.

As for Donald, he went to Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills last night -- but when asked about the sale of the team, his lips were sealed. 

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1.

bazinga    

If the NBA sells the Clippers, who gets the money?

115 days ago
2.

Unbroken Chain    

OMG TMZ, read it! He will sell HIS interest!. His wife owns 50% of the team. It's legalese. It was a ploy to keep the team in the family, but the NBA wants the whole team sold so they rejected his offer!! Now they will probably take the team from him and try to sell it to Magic Johnson, but Sterling will get an injunction and this will be tied up in the courts long after Mr Sterling is dead and gone. He will never be allowed in TE arena again. The NBA should just leave it at that and avoid the millions it will cost to fight this. The guy is gonna die soon anyway

115 days ago
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Kristinajp    

I am by no way a fan of this man but be careful..we are treading on becoming the worlds #2 super power behind China. When you start punishing all the rich people who provide jobs with all these little things (which by the way were said during moments with his mistress) it only hurts this country. For all of you not in business. ..every client I know has had that same claim used against them. Its the lawyers of this world trying to make a buck. ..and just an fyi to those who fall victim to what they see as easy money..I own a recruiting agency. Our first question on a reference form is are they eligible for rehire....those people who sued their employer...In 22 yrs we have not been able to place even one of them.

115 days ago
4.

James25    

I heard the Clippers might move to Seattle.

115 days ago
5.

cluesarethere    

She's allowed to negotiate.... He has the final say.

115 days ago
6.

Just My Opinion    

I guess us "white people" better not even say "black people" now, or we might be force to sell our personal property.

115 days ago
7.

Ih8Taxes    

Watch out ESPN because now we have "TMZ Sports"...BWA HA HA!

115 days ago
8.

DarkAlly    

Between this an the wedding of KanYUK and the fat slut...I am done with TMZ!! Y'all suck!!!

115 days ago
9.

Tess Tuckles    

This guy was made into an example. Now,when a straight dude calls another straight dude a gay slur,they'll be judged/fined by this standard. Donald Sterling,Blake Griffin,CP,and the fans,are puppets who were used. Since when does anyone care about racism towards Black People? Donald Sterling couldn't be anymore racist than Trump. Atleast Sterling didnt put out a four page spread,in the LA Times,calling for the lynching of innocent Black Men.I doubt if anyone @ tmz lives next to/with/around Black People. Nor do they inspire to. Thats cool,just don't ruin a man who was honestly educating his whore.

115 days ago
10.

Skywalker    

tmz is racist and i have proved it.

115 days ago
11.

taz    

He's a brave man for going out to eat, there's no telling what ends up in his food. Guess he's never seen the movie Waiting. Revenge is a dish best served with pubic hairs and spit.

115 days ago
12.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

This story is a bore now

115 days ago
13.

Mikey    

Take that money and buy the Atlanta Falcoons. More people watch football anyway.

115 days ago
14.

Chris    

Question. Why does he want his wife to negotiate? Stall tactic, so why?

115 days ago
15.

zombie    

This is just the beginning of what is to come in America. After Michelle Obama encouraged children to police comments made by parents and family members it is quite clear Big Brother is alive and well. People need to remember the spying and tattling that occured in Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union and East Germany.

115 days ago
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