Key dates in fight over Los Angeles Clippers sale
Here is a timeline of developments in the move to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
April 25 – Recordings emerge and quickly spread of team owner Donald Sterling denouncing his young girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games.
April 29 – Sterling gets a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who called the remarks hateful and deeply offensive.
May 12 – Sterling tells CNN he’s not a racist and apologizes for his remarks then starts fresh firestorm with disparaging comment about Magic Johnson and HIV.
May 13 – Shelly Sterling tells NBC’s ”Today” show that she fears Donald Sterling is in early stages of dementia.
May 29 – Shelly Sterling reaches agreement to sell the team for $2 billion to Ballmer. She says she has the authority under the family trust after two doctors found her 80-year-old husband had symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
June 4 – Donald Sterling agrees to sign off on sale.
June 9 – Donald Sterling pulls support for deal, vows long court fight to keep team.
July 7 – Probate court trial begins on legality of sale.
July 8-9 – Donald Sterling gives caustic, combative testimony during trial, shouting at lawyers for both sides and saying Shelly Sterling duped him. He calls her a pig when she tries to approach him after her testimony.
July 28 – Probate judge rules against Donald Sterling, says deal to sell team can go forward.