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.
Metta World Peace
Bieber Should Hang In Compton
If He Wants an N-Word Pass
6/11/2014 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's not a racist, he's just NOT educated ... so says Metta World Peace -- who tells us if JB wants an N-word pass, he needs to clock some serious hours in some REAL hoods.
"He's got to chill in Compton a little bit more ... ya gotta chill in Queensbridge a little bit more ... where Lil Wayne is from in New Orleans."
"You can't just use the word 'cause you're in Hollywood with urban people or people from the hood ... you gotta actually be in the trenches in the hood ... and then you can get a pass."
Still, Metta says he considers Justin a friend -- but if he REALLY wants to drop an N-bomb every now and then, he's gonna have to earn the right.
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.
JK, I'm Suing After All
6/9/2014 8:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Call him Vlade Divac, 'cause Donald Sterling has flip-flopped once again ... now the disgraced Clippers owner says he WILL sue the NBA for one billion dollars because "I must fight to protect my rights."
Sterling's attorney released a statement saying Donald never wanted to sell the team ... though he never explained why he ever changed his mind in the first place.
"I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights," Sterling said in the statement
"While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled. I love the team and have dedicated 33 years of my life to the organization. I intend to fight to keep the team."
Stay tuned ...
He's Just Over It
Dropping $1 Billion Suit Against NBA
6/4/2014 4:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling's decided to go quietly after all -- he's reportedly in the process of dropping that $1 BILLION lawsuit against the NBA for forcing him to sell the L.A. Clippers.
Sterling had claimed in the lawsuit -- filed last week -- the NBA booted him based on an illegal recording that painted him as a racist. He was also fighting the $2.5 million fine the league levied against him.
But today his attorney told The Hollywood Reporter ... Sterling is letting it all go, and the suit would be dropped within a couple days.
It's unclear what changed Sterling's mind -- or if there was any sort of financial settlement with the NBA -- but the decision clears the way for the league to approve Steve Ballmer's $2 billion purchase of the Clippers.
6/4/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shelly Sterling was full-on mobbed by paparazzi as she left Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood Tuesday night ... and she was also epically photobombed by the girls from "Famous in 12."
Shelly has been low-profile since inking a deal last week to sell the L.A. Clippers. So it was a feeding frenzy outside the restaurant when Jameelah, Taliah and Maariyah Artiaga latched onto her like moths to a flame ... and it's hilarious.
The girls are part of a TMZ social experiment ... we moved their family to L.A. from a small town and we're giving them 12 weeks to scheme their way to fame. The show airs Tuesdays on the CW at 8 PM.
So far ... crazy.
'Get The F*** Outta Here!'
6/4/2014 5:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The always charming Donald Sterling ran a clinic on "How to Win Friends and Influence People" yesterday ... when a photog asked the disgraced Clippers owner how he was doing.
Sterling's response -- well, he basically told our guy to go F himself.
It's not like Donald's got a lot to be happy about these days -- his estranged wife sold his team, he's been banned for life from the NBA and he's being sued by an alleged former employee who claims D.S. subjected her to a bunch of offensive comments.
Hard to believe, right?!
Sued By Ex-Lover
Sexual and Racial Allegations
6/2/2014 4:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Maiko Maya King claims in her new lawsuit -- she was in a romantic relationship with Sterling between 2005 and 2011. King claims during their relationship Sterling made comments about her former African-American husband, asking her "How could you be married to a black man?" King says she had kids with her ex and Sterling asked, "Why would you bring black people into the world?"
A former employee of Donald Sterling claims the Clippers owner fired her after she rejected "a stream of racist and sexist taunts." -- this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.
King goes on, saying Sterling told her, "I want to take you out of the black world and put you into the white world." And she says, when they would fight he would tell her, "move back to the ghetto with a black man."
King -- who is repped by Gloria Allred -- claims 2 years after they broke up she began working for Sterling as his personal assistant and caretaker ... which is weird because this overlaps into the V. Stiviano relationship.
King claims during her employment Sterling said he was bored sexually with V and offered King bonuses if she could help him sexually. She says he insisted she tell him stories about past sexual conquests in order to arouse him.
She also claims he said things like, "Black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope." And she claims he said, "Mexicans just do drive-by shootings."
There are lots of other details and allegations. She says when she complained he fired her.
Pumped Up NBA Stars
TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?!
5/31/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You can't hide raw emotion -- especially when you're a giant professional basketball player!!!
So, check out these pics of some of the NBA's biggest stars pullin' their "HELL YEAH!!!" faces on the court.
Some are scary ... some will just make you laugh ... and some are just bizarre.
Either way, it's entertaining. Happy playoffs.
L.A. Clippers Bonding
Chris Paul Hugs It Out w/ New Owner
... At Kings Game
5/30/2014 10:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer isn't wasting any time bonding with his team's biggest star -- hanging out with Chris Paul at the L.A. Kings playoff game Friday night and TMZ Sports has the pics.
Less than 24 hours after purchasing the team from Shelly Sterling for $2 billion ... IN CASH ... the former Microsoft CEO hung out at his team's home court -- Staples Center -- to take in the hockey game.
Ballmer and Paul appeared to be getting along well -- sources at the game tell us the two chatted for a few minutes and hugged it out before Ballmer went back to his super special rich guy owner section.
We're guessing paul is pretty pumped about the new guy in charge ... seems like a huge step up from the last racist ahole he worked for.
Kings lost Friday night ... but seems like a pretty big win for Clipper Nation.
Sues NBA for
5/30/2014 6:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling has filed a lawsuit against the NBA for more than $1 BILLION, claiming he was unconstitutionally bullied out of the league.
Sterling filed a federal lawsuit Friday afternoon ... claiming the NBA booted him from the league based on what he called an illegal recording that was widely publicized ... painting him as a racist.
As you know ... TMZ obtained the recording and posted it on the website.
Sterling also claims the $2.5 million fine was baseless and a violation of antitrust laws.
Shelly Sterling sold the team late Thursday to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The deal will almost certainly be ratified by the NBA.