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Donald Sterling’s Alzheimer’s/Dementia Diagnosis Good & Bad For Adam Silver, NBA

Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s recent diagnosis of showing Alzheimer’s disease symptoms is quite the important piece of news in this saga that flew under the radar. More on that in a moment but here are the points that made headlines because they were in favor of ousting Sterling and in favor of the NBA, more specifically, commissioner Adam Silver.


Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly is also benefitting greatly from this, as him being deemed mentally unfit gives her full control under the terms of the family trust agreement. Before the ink was dry on the neurological exam report, she was taking bids and accepting Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion offer for the team, which was quickly accepted by the league (as stated in the following press release):

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The NBA, Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust today resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team.

Because of the binding agreement to sell the team, the NBA termination hearing that had been scheduled for June 3 in New York City has now been cancelled. Mrs. Sterling and the Trust also agreed not to sue the NBA and to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including from Donald Sterling.



That last part seems to be a catch-all to thwart Sterling’s filing of a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA, as they would have the power to take any capital out of the Sterling Family Trust against it. So it appears that once Shelly gained control, she completely covered her ass and separated herself from her soon-to-be ex-husband. It is in her best interest to dump the Clippers before she and Donald make it official that their marriage is over and she may even have something else up her sleeve to gain full control of the $2 billion because of his limited mental capacity. Of course, this is all music to Silver’s Mr. Spock-like ears.

The quicker that the NBA can rid itself of Sterling, the better it feels it is. And if a few shortcuts had to be taken, so be it. An unreliable main witness illegally recording a private conversation and selling it to a tabloid for monetary gain? No problem. Rolling out the red carpet for a woman that obviously has her own agenda because her husband was most likely sleeping with the aforementioned witness (and a chance to grab the entire winning lottery ticket, not half) smells a bit, too. So the NBA is comfortably in bed with two people with much to gain just to excommunicate a guy that said something they didn’t like.


And here’s where the double standard comes in. All of the interest groups who are screaming for Sterling’s head are lauded for doing so but where are the Norman Siegel’s of the world making a statement that Sterling’s condition is being taken advantage of by not only V. Stiviano, but also his wife and the NBA? Perhaps a bit of a reach, but at least there is something to hang your hat on with that claim.


It would be bittersweet if Sterling hired a high-profile lawyer that flies the flags of both the senior advocacy and Alzheimer’s groups, stating that his rights were violated. And if in doing so, criminal charges are also filed against Stiviano for the single-party consent recording. The “evidence” that the NBA had pales in comparison to what Sterling can bring to the table if he so inclines.


Then Adam Silver may be on the cover of Sports Illustrated again, but for a different reason.


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