The Donald Sterling Media Circus: In Ring One, Wife Is 'Moving Quickly' to Sell the Clippers. In Ring Two, Donald Sterling's Lawyer Says 'He's not interested in selling. He's going to fight to the bloody end.' CNN, ESPN
As we've come to expect, lots of contradictions in the ongoing Donald Sterling media circus.
First, CNN reports, "Los Angeles Clippers co-owner [and Donald Sterling's wife] Shelly Sterling is 'moving quickly' to sell the embattled NBA franchise, with a source familiar with the situation saying she and her representatives would like to make a deal this week.
"The recent activity includes talks with several high-profile potential suitors for the team, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is 'very much involved' in Shelly Sterling's dealings with potential buyers, according to the source."
Well, maybe not so fast. That's not what Donald Sterling's lawyer is telling ESPN:
"Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling responded forcefully Tuesday [May 27, 2014] to the NBA's charges to terminate his ownership while his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, continued to move quickly to sell the team by the end of the week.
"Donald Sterling's lawyer, Max Blecher, told ESPN on Tuesday that his client 'is going to fight to the bloody end' and has effectively 'disavowed' the agreement he reached with his wife last week that would allow her to negotiate a sale of the team.
" 'I don't know what agreement she has with him, but I'm saying to you today, he disavows anything she's doing to sell the team,' Blecher said. 'He says, "It's my team, and I'll sell it when and if I get around to it."'"
ESPN then asked Blecher "why Sterling seems to have had a change of heart."
Blecher told ESPN: "He was in a state of shock at first. Now he's recovering and he's much more feisty."
According to the CNN story, the Clippers could sell for between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.
The CNN story adds that a source "indicated" that Shelly Sterling "met Sunday with a group led by former NBA star Grant Hill to discuss the sale of the Clippers.
"In addition, the source familiar with the situation said she met over the weekend at her Malibu, Calif., home with ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who made an aggressive offer for the franchise." Ballmer says he would keep the team in L.A. and not move it to Seattle.
CNN adds: "Shelly Sterling is interested in fielding offers from billionaire businessman Patrick Soon-Shiong, Hill's group, entertainment mogul David Geffen and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, and entrepreneur Magic Johnson and his Guggenheim partners, who two years ago teamed up to buy baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers."