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Donald Sterling

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's

5/30/2014 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Sterling Alzheimers Disease
Donald Sterling
has Alzheimer's and that's why doctors declared he is incompetent to have a voice in the sale of the L.A. Clippers ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources connected with the Sterling family tell TMZ ... the trust agreement that governs the family's ownership of the team provides if 2 qualified doctors determine either Donald or Shelly shows "an inability to conduct business affairs in a reasonable and normal manner" ... they will then be stripped of control over the team.

We're told earlier this month Donald agreed to an examination by 2 prominent neurologists.  He underwent extensive tests, including a CT and PET scan.   We're told both doctors diagnosed Donald with Alzheimer's and concluded he may have had the disease for as long as 5 years.  The doctors both concluded he did not have the ability to conduct the business of the team.

Under the trust agreement ... the doctors' conclusions were enough to strip Donald of control.

Our sources say Donald can appeal the doctors' conclusions to the California Probate Court.

One interesting thing ... TMZ Sports broke the story ... on May 22 Donald signed a letter written to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver relinquishing control of the team to his wife Shelly.  It's unclear if Donald's lawyer will now argue the letter is invalid because of Donald's mental incapacity.

The problem for Donald -- if his lawyer argues mental incapacity, under the trust agreement he automatically loses control over the team.  So it's a Catch-22 for Donald.

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16.

Someonezmom    

How convenient. I think he suffers from "sometimers"

94 days ago
17.

Pink sparkle    

My grandmother has Alzheimer's and they do say things that are inappropriate some times. You can tell there was something wrong with him in those recording. I am not trying to make excuses for racist people but I have been in situations were my grandmother would make inappropriate comments. That girl should be ashamed of her self for recording him she had to have known something wasn't right. She is sick!!!

94 days ago
18.

Zana1106    

How convenient for him.

94 days ago
19.

sundaygirl    

Lies and more lies from the racist... alzheimer's? bwahaha

94 days ago
20.

KicksandGiggles    

Isn't this convenient??!!!

94 days ago
21.

Diego    

His side piece is a sick f. I'm sure he is racist, but you don't set people up who are suffering from mental health.... You get them help

94 days ago
22.

sickwitit    

Whats the probability of someone having cancer and alzheimers? Hmm

94 days ago
23.

Truth    

This whole setup stinks. From day one it has been as crooked as a dog's hind leg. Who set the guy up, who makes the sale, and now who gets the money.

94 days ago
24.

Mypeoplesmh    

Ole D!! I guess something wrong!! Five years ago is around the time the clippers stop sucking

94 days ago
25.

Truth    

Donald Sterling is nowhere near as hateful as the fat chicks, bitter gays and ghetto trash of TMZ.

94 days ago
26.

Clins    

So he had Alzheimer's when he discriminated against black folks a couple of decades ago, nice try though.

94 days ago
27.

tmon3ydadjmbr    

Ok now what, you want us to say sorry? Man, before he was diagnosed he was an ass, a illiterate jackass.

94 days ago
28.

Tomax    

I support Donald Sterling 100%. This is all about the wife wanting to take 100% of his fortune and not just half. Donald Sterling should be honored and rewarded with praise for exposing the fraud that Magic Johnson is. It is his team, not any woman or any black thief.

94 days ago
29.

Carolyn    

OK Noe you guy out there Now giving him a excuse and it won't work I don't care what he got he is racism's...

94 days ago
30.

Im A Lawyer    

Good. I hope he dies.

94 days ago
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