Despite being booted from the NBA more than a year ago, former Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost an appeal Monday (Nov. 16) to regain the team his estranged wife sold last year for a record $2 billion.
According to ESPN, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said Shelly Sterling properly removed her husband from a family trust that owned the team and that the sale to Steve Ballmer prevented the trust from an “extraordinary loss.”
Shelly took control of the family trust after a recording surfaced of Donald Sterling making offensive comments to his girlfriend V. Stiviano about black people and other minorities.
In the wake of the controversy, the NBA fined him $2.5 million, banned him from the league for life and threatened to seize and auction the team.
So, Shelly stepped in and took control, after two doctors found her husband of almost six decades had signs of Alzheimer’s disease.