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Thursday
Jul102014

Donald Sterling Calls Wife a 'Pig' During Probate Trial

Kirby Lee/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was combative Wednesday during his second day on the witness stand in a probate trial against his estranged wife Shelly, calling her a "pig" and testifying that he will "never, ever, ever" sell the team.

Sterling said, “Get away from me you pig,” when she approached him after she testified.

During his testimony, Sterling said, "Make no mistake today, I will never, ever sell this team. Until I die, I will be suing the NBA."

The trial will determine if Shelly Sterling can proceed with her sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

Judge Michael Levanas must determine whether Shelly Sterling properly complied with the terms of the Sterling Family Trust when she removed her estranged husband as a co-trustee, or was the disgraced owner defrauded by her and two doctors who say they determined him to be mentally incapacitated.

Judge Levanas must also determine if Shelly Sterling had the right to proceed with the sale of the Clippers to Ballmer after Donald Sterling revoked the trust agreement in June.

Shelly Sterling testified Wednesday that she acted properly when she took control of the family trust.  She said her husband was becoming more forgetful and she feared he was developing Alzheimer’s disease.

During his testimony, Donald Sterling said his estranged wife had “deceived” him. “I trusted her. I believed in her. I never thought that a woman wouldn’t stand by her husband,” Sterling told the court.

The NBA banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million dollars for racist comments he made to an assistant in April. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also demanded that Sterling sell the L.A. franchise.


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