Last Thursday, Shelly Sterling on behalf of the Sterling family trust signed into an agreement with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the Clippers to Ballmer for $2 billion. Shelly Sterling was reportedly able to bypass Donald’s approval because he was reportedly declared mentally incapacitated — there is language in the trust which gives Shelly sole authority to make the sale if such a diagnosis is made. All that remains for Ballmer to assume ownership is approval of the other NBA owners.
A national firestorm was set off last month at the beginning of the NBA postseason after recordings surfaced of Sterling making racist comments to alleged mistress V. Stiviano. Silver took prompt action, banning Sterling for life, fining him $2.5 million and recommending the league’s owners force Sterling to sell the team.