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Donald Sterling

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's

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

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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Just croak over already!!

149 days ago


I believe they knew this and his wife along w/ Silver took advantage because both had agendas! Now I wonder who will protect him and his money so that it does t wind up in his ******* wife's pockets. Let his wife screw Silver to seal the deal!

149 days ago


So he's a racist with Alzheimer's both things are horrible.

149 days ago


Maybe its a set up? The wife has a law suite against the gold digger, if she can prove he was not in a mental state to give millions of dollars away they have a small chance to get it back?

149 days ago


Wonder how much he paid for that diagnostic? Another scheme.

149 days ago


So V. was taking advantage of a racist, elderly and senile man. I hope his wife gets back all the "gifts".

149 days ago


Alzheimers. Riiiiighhhht. Just a desperate attempt to try and make up excuses for him being a LIFELONG RACIST PIG!!!

149 days ago

Just My Opinion    

Didn't they say this guy has cancer too? Yes, let's finish him off by not only forcing this poor guy to sell his team, but trash a 80 year old man, that seems to be fading away anyway. Is this now the American way we treat old people, or whites people that said..oops. OH NO! ." Black people" now? UNREAL!!!

149 days ago


If you believe any of his "illnesses" you are certainly dumber than a lit match at a gas station

149 days ago


The team has a new owner. ..time for a NEW story!

149 days ago

get real    

i dont believe for a minute he has Alz, he was sharp as a tact.

149 days ago


That medical conclusion answers some of the questions. They should have had his eyes examined too. His taste in mistresses/executive secretarys leaves a lot to be desired, i.e. he picked a loser with V. Staviano.

149 days ago

Lusty infant    

Selling the team for $2 billion doesn't sound like mental affliction to me

149 days ago


Please. Nobody's Buying the poor me act You can buy off as many Dr as you want .

149 days ago


That explains his aggression and lack of impulse control with his statements.

149 days ago
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