Sterling lashes out at wife in trial over $2 bln Clippers sale

Wed Jul 9, 2014 9:10pm EDT
 
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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lashed out at his estranged wife following her court testimony on Wednesday in a trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA team.

Sterling, 80, who is fighting to scuttle the deal his wife Shelly Sterling negotiated with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, lashed out at his wife when she approached him after her testimony.

"Get away from me, you pig!" Sterling growled, startling his wife who had said she moved to gain control of the family trust that owns the Clippers out of concern for his mental health.

"Shelly, how could you lie?" the real estate billionaire added before apologizing to Judge Michael Levanas for disturbing court.

Shelly Sterling, 79, last month asked Los Angeles Superior Court to confirm her as having sole authority to sell the professional basketball franchise after her husband vowed to block the NBA-record sale.

Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA in April for private racist remarks that were taped and published

Shelly Sterling testified at the probate trial that she had her husband mentally evaluated after he gave a rambling television interview in May shortly after the ban.

"I couldn't believe it and I started crying," Shelly Sterling told the court. "I felt so bad. I couldn't believe that was him."   Continued...

 
Donald Sterling's lawyer Max Blecher arrives at court in Los Angeles, California July 8, 2014.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson