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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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31.

Jill    

As a person who for a physician who 99% of his patient's are geriatric patient's and has a degree in Neurology, not one person can be diagnosed with "Alzheimer's disease" without cutting up that said person's brain. Also with the diagnosis of "Dementia". I can only assume that Mr. Sterling's brain was not taken out of his skull & cut up to obtain the result. The diagnosis should be "Cognitive Impairment".

90 days ago
32.

Daron    

His 15 minutes are over.

90 days ago
33.

Uncle Rufus    

Wow, talk about being railroaded. He says something the NBA doesn't like in the privacy of his own home and they're taking his team from him. I hope he sues the NBA into oblivion.

90 days ago
34.

Tomax    

Donald Sterling is truly a great man for speaking the truth. The white sellouts who pretend to be outraged are disgusting.

90 days ago
35.

Just Jay    

Yeah and Michael Jackson's doctors diagnosed him with things too.

90 days ago
36.

Observer    

What about that PIG V Stiviano???

Then would what she did be considered, ELDER ABUSE?

I mean, from what She say's they were Sooo close! So then, she must have known yet Still Took Advantage of an old man with Alzheimers???

Where is the PROSECUTION of V Stiviano??

90 days ago
37.

jonathanlengson    

What f#%king ever!!! Money sure does buy anything!!! F#%k you f%#king racist!!!!!!

90 days ago
38.

im not going to spend my life being a color    

Tomax is disgusting. I truly hope u don't multiply. Ppl like you is why the world is fcked

90 days ago
39.

Harleyboo    

Seems that's all TMZ talks about is racism lately! I watch your show every day but I'm getting sick if all the reverse racism I've been seeing! A good example is the game prizes Harvey handed out for his Memorial Day contest......white guilt going strong!!

90 days ago
40.

Reginaphalange    

Duh!

90 days ago
41.

im not going to spend my life being a color    

So much hate.

90 days ago
42.

lkelly816    

Convenient diagnosis right about now.

90 days ago
43.

cluesarethere    

He'd be crazy to reject $2billion...

90 days ago
44.

Alleged_Free    

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..... ENOUGH TMZ. You guys are the worst in sports reporting. Enough with the "we broke the story". I'M BREAKING THE STORY TO YOU TMZ, an owner cannot just relinquish control of a team. Shelly Sterling may be Co Owner, but she has no voice in anything Clippers. NBA owners must approve everything before she has a say. .. THEY HAVEN'T.

90 days ago
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AREYOUPERFECT    

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