Donald Sterling Files For Divorce From Estranged Wife

By Staff  |  08/06/2015

Donald and Shelly Sterling

Nearly a year-and-a-half after he made headlines for racist remarks, former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed for divorce from his wife Shelly of nearly 60 years, reports ESPN.

The 81-year-old filed paperwork in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (August 5), citing "irreconcilable differences." It lists their date of separation as Aug. 1, 2012.

Sterling also filed a petition in probate court Wednesday for an accounting and distribution of assets related to the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, claiming he had a right to half of the community property, according to the court documents.

The former NBA owner is suing his wife and the NBA in federal court over the sale of the team. Shelly negotiated the deal with Ballmer after doctors found Donald Sterling incompetent to handle his business affairs.

Shelly told ESPN in April that she was only able to collect only her half of the record $2 billion sale of the franchise, while the other billion is frozen until Donald signs off on the sale and drops his litigation against the NBA.

Of the $1 billion that was transferred to the Sterling family trust, which she has control over, Shelly Sterling estimated she had paid out $600 million in taxes and legal fees.