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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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46.

Bitchplease    

U can't diagnose people with Alzheimer's? I think u need to go back to school! My grandma was diagnosed around 8 yrs ago and she very much has it. She will tell me a story pause a second then tell it to me again and again. That's not impairment that's Alzheimer's! I said the first week this happened that's what he had, I see so much of my grandma in him. No one should be punished in this situation except for that gold diggin slut. That's ok though, karma is a bitch and she will be watching u!

112 days ago
47.

bellaohbella    

Next breaking story about him......

112 days ago
48.

Janice    

Right...what will they come up with next, he's got PMS!
The devil made him do it! Good Heavens people, isn't it itchy getting all that wool pulled over your eyes?

112 days ago
49.

aydensfd    

Hey Donald, the good news is you will forget your a huge douche, the bad news is the rest of us wont

112 days ago
50.

Anarchyinanaheim    

I hope he stars in Memento 2

112 days ago
51.

MjR    

They've been saying he has issues for weeks with not remembering things said its just now being confirmed. This isn't a new announcement its just not been what anyone wants to hear. Everyone is too stuck on all the other stuff going on about this situation. He's a old man the cancer is probable and so is the Alzeimers. Everything is not made up some things can be real!

I don't agree with any of his comments I just don't get how he is or may be a racist and yet he's being with a person that is not Caucasian. Doesn't seem like that would be acceptable in his mind but then he is dealing with Alzheimers so who knows.

112 days ago
52.

Ed    

I don't buy it. This is just a way fro Sterling to save face, so his side can always claim, "Well he WAS going to fight but his illness prevented him from doing so or else he would have won"! They could always claim from now until the end of time that, "OH we would have won that fight had he been mentally fit". This just gives him a way to bow out gracefully with an excuse.

112 days ago
53.

Mike Esq.    

Not a catch 22 at all. People's mental capacity is not consistent. A person diagnosed with Alhzeimer's doesn't automatically never have mental capacity for the rest of his life. They have good and bad days.

112 days ago
54.

al baby    

Well hate to tell you there is only one absolute way to diagnostic test for it Autopsey That dreaded disease took my mom He is just a nasty old man that was ***** whipped

112 days ago
55.

babycakes    

My grandma had Alzheimer's and passed away almost a year ago as a result from it. She was the not the same person anymore, she would say mean, almost cruel things to people and about people. This was most definitely not my grandma that I grew up with. It was the Alzheimer's. Maybe this is what happened to him?

112 days ago
56.

Joshua    

Who cares about this old wrinkled piece of sh!t.

112 days ago
57.

Truth    

HE'S AN ACCOMPLISHED RACIST... ALZHEIMERS HAD NO EFFECT. HE SCORED TOP MARKS ON THE NEUROLOGISTS DUMB A$$ TEST. #TRUTH!!

112 days ago
58.

CastleGreySkull    

White People Always Making Up Some #Schyt!!!!! You Really Think This #OldAzIdiot Would Go Out Like This???

112 days ago
59.

tgrfan42069    

this situation could have been used to open dialog but instead it was used to tear a many down and shame him in the media

112 days ago
60.

DeadPlasmaCell    

Wow isn't that convenient? I'm sure once their checks cleared ,the Drs had no problem diagnosing him with that.

112 days ago
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