UPDATE: A wild day of reports that has revolved around a bidding war over the Clippers took a strange twist late Thursday night, as ESPN reported that embattled owner Donald Sterling’s mental state could ultimately render any effort to retain the franchise moot.
According to the report, the 80-year-old Sterling was recently found to be incapacitated by experts — a diagnosis which gives estranged wife Shelly Sterling the sole authority to negotiate the sale of the club under guidelines of the Sterling family trust, which is the legal owner of the franchise.
Donald Sterling’s lawyer says the billionaire "could not care less" about ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s offer of $2 billion to buy the Clippers, according to LA Times reporter Andrea Chang.
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As news surfaced Thursday afternoon that Ballmer had won the bidding war for the Clippers, Sterling’s legal representatives quickly threw cold water on the reports in a series of live tweets posted by Chang from the Sterling residence.
"There’s been no sale. There’s been no sale. There can be no sale without Donald’s signature," the lawyer said, according to Chang’s tweets.
Check out Chang’s series of tweets from what appears to be exclusive access to Sterling’s estate as the news broke:
Donald Sterling refused to come to the door of his home, but I could hear him holler, "How could she have the nerve to come here?" #clippers