For the first time in months, Donald Sterling seems to have his feet planted firmly in reality -- with the ousted Clippers owner telling TMZ Sports, "I'm finished. I'm over."
Sterling was out in Beverly Hills over the weekend when our photog walked up to him and ask about the latest with the Clippers saga -- and that's when Donald shooed our guy away saying, "I'm finished. I'm over."
It's an interesting comment -- considering on Wednesday, the judge denied Donald's last-ditch effort to block the sale of the Clips to Steve Ballmer.
In short -- he's finished. He's over.
On Sterling Ruling ...
I'M ALL SMILES!
7/30/2014 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Magic Johnson says he has "no ill-feelings" toward Donald Sterling -- but he sure as hell flashed a HUUUUGE smile when asked how he felt about the Clippers getting a new owner.
Johnson was at a Lakers news conference in L.A. yesterday when he was asked about the court ruling that will allow Shelly Sterling to sell the Clips to Steve Ballmer.
"What’s my reaction to the Sterling ruling? What do you think my reaction to the Sterling thing is? [flashes big smile] Do you see this? I don’t think you see this. I don’t have anything bad to say about him right now."
But ... being the classy guy that he is, Magic continued -- "I’ve said already that I’m praying for the man. But it’s a great day for Clipper fans, for this city. Ballmer is going to be an exciting owner, and a good owner for the Clippers."
Magic says he's got to give credit to Shelly -- explaining, "This was tough for her" ... but insisted, "I have no ill-feelings toward Donald."
In case you forgot, Donald's initial racist rant was all about Magic -- when he blasted V. Stiviano for posting a photo on Instagram with the NBA legend ... which Donald disapproved of because Magic is black.
Donald then went on to trash Magic on CNN -- saying Johnson should be ashamed of himself for contracting the HIV virus.
Even then, Magic simply said he was praying for Sterling.
But now Magic says he wants to turn the page on Sterling -- saying, "I hoped that this thing would end soon because we need to get back to our lives and you guys need to start cheering for the Dodgers as we approach the playoffs."
Meets with Steve Ballmer
Over Clippers Sale (VIDEO)
7/21/2014 4:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling is now willing to talk about selling the team over which he's waging legal war ... because he just met with Steve Ballmer to talk about the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Ballmer went to Sterling's Beverly Hills estate Monday at 3 PM, along with Shelly Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell ... who brokered the $2 billion deal.
Sources tell TMZ Sports ... Donald has softened his position and is now considering signing off on the sale ... in no small part because his lawyers have told him he's going to lose his court case.
Our sources say Donald himself requested the meeting.
We're told Donald has not signed off yet ... but it's moving in that direction.
Donald Sterling to Shelly
YOU'RE A PIG!!!
7/9/2014 4:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The always charming Donald Sterling called his wife a PIG in open court moments ago ... because, well, that's the kind of guy he is.
Shelly Sterling was stepping down from the stand ... where she testified that she still loves Donald and only called for a medical evaluation for him because she was afraid he suffered a recent stroke.
But as she got off the stand and made her way toward Donald, the curmudgeon lashed out ... saying, "Stay away from me you pig!"
The judge told Donald to calm down.
In what seemed like a response to Shelly's testimony about Donald possibly having a stroke -- Donald also told his estranged wife, "How can you say that?!"
Donald Sterling -- he's like Casanova ... but the opposite.
I Could Get $5 Billion
... For the Clippers
7/8/2014 2:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:50 PM PT -- The hearing is over ... and Donald was his usual unlikable self in the court room.
During the hearing, he trashed his wife Shelly ... saying, "It’s ludicrous to think she could run a corporation. She’s beautiful, but she can’t run anything”
He also called Shelly's lawyer a "smart ass."
Donald told the court he believes he could strike a BETTER deal than Shelly for the Clippers -- saying he could fetch between $2.5 and $5 billion for the team.
Cue the band ... Donald Sterling is finally in court to "face the music" in a Los Angeles courtroom.
Sterling snuck into the courthouse -- dodging reporters and photogs outside -- and took a seat for his trial to determine who gets to sell the Clippers.
Shelly Sterling is also in court. She did not hide as she silently walked into court earlier this morning.
Donald is expected to testify today ... after skipping day one of the trial. Shelly's attorney had called Donald out and claimed he was "on the run."
Stay tuned ...
Attorney Bert Fields
DONALD STERLING IS ON THE RUN
7/7/2014 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling's trial is set to begin any minute in L.A. ... and the disgraced Clippers owner has not arrived -- and now, Shelly Sterling's lawyer says he believes Donald is "on the run."
Shelly's attorney Bert Fields just arrived to L.A. County Superior Court and after trashing Donald's "sham" motion to move the case to federal court ... said he believes Sterling is in hiding.
"I even understand he left town," Fields said ... "That's the kind of guy he is. He's willing to do anything rather than face the music."
Fields added, "But he's ultimately gonna have to face it ... as Joe Louis once said, 'He can run but he can't hide.'"
Stay tuned ...
I'VE GOT MY OWN DOC
... He Thinks My Brain Works Fine
6/23/2014 12:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling says he's tracked down a doctor who thinks his mind is in perfect working order -- and he wants the doc to testify during the trial ... or else he'll suffer "grave" injury.
Sterling just filed new court docs in his legal war with his estranged wife Shelly -- begging the judge to postpone the start of the Clippers trial so he can bring in a neurologist who will tell the judge Donald is NOT mentally incapacitated.
In the docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Donald says Dr. Jeffrey Cummings -- Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health -- will vouch for him ... but will be out of town and unable to testify in court until after July 20th.
Sterling says Shelly's assertion that the Clippers deal must close by July 15th (the end of Steve Ballmer's escape clause) ... is complete B.S.
Sterling says the only deadline that should matter to the court is September 15th -- the day the NBA says it will seize the team and sell it in a public auction if a deal isn't closed.
Donald claims if he is not allowed to use Dr. Cummings to prove his mental competency ... he will risk "grave and irreparable injury insofar as his defense will be impaired and his assets will be subject to distribution without his consent."
A judge has yet to rule.
Doctor Says ...
I Didn't Lie to Him!
6/20/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling knew full well he was being tested for Alzheimer's when a doctor examined him last month ... but it's unclear if Donald knew his control over the L.A. Clippers was on the line.
TMZ Sports has obtained a letter written by the examining doctor to Shelly Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell. According to the letter, the doc met Donald at his house on May 22. Shelly was also present.
After the exam the doctor concluded Donald's mind was impaired by the disease, to the point he was "at risk of making potentially serious errors of judgment, impulse control, and recall in the management of his finances and his trust."
Here's what's murky. It's unclear if Donald knew he was being examined for the purpose of determining if he should be stripped of control over the team. The doctor explains Sterling had previously been examined by a doctor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who concluded he had Alzheimer's, and the doctor was there for a second opinion.
The doctor writes, "I asked him if he knew why I was there, and he said, 'I think so.'"
Donald went nuts on the doctor's answering machine, accusing him of sandbagging him.
BLASTS DOC IN VOICE MAIL
'You're Incompetent, You Stupid F-ing Doctor!'
6/19/2014 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
12:08 PM PT -- Submitting the voice mails in court didn't help Shelly's case -- the judge just rejected her request for an injunction against Donald and his attorneys.
Donald Sterling went NUCLEAR on one of the psychiatrists who performed medical tests on him recently ... leaving the guy a NASTY voice mail ... cursing him out and calling him a "tramp."
TMZ Sports has obtained a recording of the voice mail Donald left for Dr. James Spar -- in which he explodes at the doctor, who had determined he was mentally incompetent:
"I'm not incompetent, YOU'RE F**KING INCOMPETENT ... you stupid f**king doctor!!!"
During the rant, Sterling vows to call UCLA and have the doctor fired immediately.
Sterling left a second voice mail -- for the other psychiatrist who evaluated him -- and ripped her too:
"You released my medical records of my head to a law firm without my permission. And you came in and you purported to examine me and you never told me anything about it."
Sterling continued, "You're nothing but a fraud and liar and a cheat and I'm gonna see that you lose your license ... and I'm suing you for conspiracy!"
As we previously reported, both doctors submitted their evaluations of Sterling saying he is "suffering from cognitive impairment, secondary to primary dementia, Alzheimer's disease" and is unfit to run the business affairs of the L.A. Clippers.
Shelly Sterling's lawyers used the voice mail in court today to show that Donald has become menacing and harassing.
Plays the Race Car
6/12/2014 5:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling has taken his "Black People Love Me" tour up a notch -- last night he dined out with a lovely African-American woman ... and left in an SUV with a license plate that read BLAKT07.
As DS rolled away from Monty's in Woodland Hills (The Valley) ... our camera guy asked a burning question on everyone's mind: What does Mr. Sterling prefer ... Aunt Jemima or Eggos???
As TMZ has previously reported, Sterling has been seen all over town with black people ... including earlier this week when he hit up celeb hot spot Mr. Chow with MULTIPLE attractive black women.
This time, Sterling was with just one woman ... and one ironically plated SUV (which appears to be a rental). Just classic.
Also classic ... listening to our camera guy try and pronounce Aunt Jemima. Just brutal.
Shelly Sterling to Judge
Approve this Sale ...
Or We're Screwed
6/11/2014 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shelly Sterling's lawyer ran to court this morning ... pleading with the judge to validate her deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer, and warning of dire consequences if the deal falls apart.
In Shelly's legal docs -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- she says there's no way a better deal could be found. She points out the sale price for the Clippers is more than 3 times the price of the recently-sold Milwaukee Bucks.
But Shelly is worried, because Donald is now fighting her over the sale. She says if the deal isn't iron clad by Sept. 15 ... "substantial irreparable harm ... will result." She says if that happens the NBA will likely seize the team and conduct a public auction, which will then lower the sale price.
TMZ Sports broke the story -- Ballmer has an escape clause to get out of the deal if Shelly and Donald become embroiled in a legal dispute over her authority to sell.
Shelly's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, wants the judge to simply validate the terms of a private agreement between Shelly and Donald -- an agreement that says if 2 neurologists determine either one of them is "incapacitated," then that person would lose all power over the team. And as we reported, that's exactly what happened with Donald last month.
Shelly also curiously mentioned a perk in the sale -- that she gets free Clippers tickets for life. Donald gets nothing because he's persona non grata for life.
Adam Silver and the NBA
6/11/2014 5:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In his statement explaining his decision to sue the league, Sterling says that his apology was sincere and now he is fighting for his fundamental rights. He goes to call the leadership of the NBA (i.e. Adam Silver) "incompetent, inexperienced and angry."
Sterling accuses the league of having a history of discriminatory practices, calling them "hypocrites and bullies," instead choosing to single him out. He says of Silver, "[He] is content with focusing his energy on violating my rights, attempting to take my property, and signing autographs for TMZ."
For the record, TMZ merely filmed Silver signing autographs ... they weren't actually FOR us.
Concern Over Escape Clause
In Ballmer Deal
6/10/2014 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We've learned there's an escape clause in her deal with Ballmer, which gives him the right to nix the deal if she doesn't have clear authority to sell the team.
Shelly Sterling looked confident as she left a Bev Hills restaurant swinging a Victoria's Secret bag Tuesday, but behind the scenes there's concern that Donald's latest flip-flop could blow up her $2 billion deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.
So Shelly's legal team will try to shut down Sterling by telling the judge there can be no argument ... Donald is "incapacitated" and therefore he has no voice anymore in the team's business.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Donald signed a document with Shelly late last year, in which they both agreed if 2 neurologists determined either one of them was incapacitated, then that person would automatically lose control of the team.
As we reported ... 2 neurologists made that finding early last month -- that Donald had lost it.
Don't expect a decision Wednesday. We're told a date for a full-blown hearing will be set ... probably in the next week or so.