Well, well, well…there is justice after all. According to TMZ Sports, Donald Sterling is no longer the controlling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers! Sterling just surrendered control to his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling and she is now secretly negotiating with the NBA to sell the team. However, she will only sell on “HER TERMS”.
Sources close to the Clippers organization tell TMZ that Donald made the decision because he saw the handwriting on the wall as long as he remained in control, the NBA would order an involuntary sale of the team.
Sources are telling TMZ that Shelly and her lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, have been secretly meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA lawyers to,
“resolve the dispute amicably.”
TMZ reports that while Shelly realizes the NBA wants the team sold, she has significantly more leverage and credibility with the league than does Donald and her end game is simple, she won’t object to the sale, but SHE wants to call the shots.
Attorney Pierce O’Donnell would not comment on this story, but did say,
“Shelly Sterling’s preference has always been to find a way to resolve this dispute amicably with the NBA in a mutually satisfactory manner.”
Sources are claiming that Shelly is prepared to sue the NBA and she will file legal docs on Tuesday if the NBA orders an INVOLUNTARY sale. She’s down with a sale but only a voluntary one that puts her in control.
Hmmmm….we wonder if that’s code for they are trying to control who is able to buy the team…maybe keep it out of certain people’s hands…it’s something to think about! So don’t pull out your confetti and party hats just yet y’all…the team is still in the Sterling family and they are still trying to dictate it’s future. Grab your popcorn and a soda…this may get very interesting!
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