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Donald Sterling Loses Court Fight To Block Sale Of Clippers

Judge says sale of team to ex-Microsoft CEO can move forward.

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Danny Moloshok / Reuters

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (center) and his wife, Shelly, (left) at a Clippers game in 2008.

A California judge ruled Monday Shelly Sterling had the authority to negotiate the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after her husband Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA.

Shelly Sterling had her husband declared mentally incapacitated in May before she agreed to sell the Clippers to Ballmer. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas rejected Donald Sterling’s claims that he was being defrauded by his wife and attorney. At one Donald Sterling point called Shelly Sterling a “pig” in the courtroom.

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