In the wake of his leaked tape scandal and lifetime ban by the NBA, Donald Sterling has reportedly agreed to allow his wife, Shelly, to negotiate a forced sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to ESPN, Shelly Sterling and her lawyers have been in ongoing negotiations with the league since commissioner Adam Silver announced Donald Sterling’s ban on April 29. While the NBA has not formally accepted the plan to let Shelly Sterling sell the team, the league reportedly forced the disgraced owner’s hand by filing charges to terminate his ownership of the Clippers this week. The legal maneuver gave Sterling five business days — until next Tuesday — to respond. Sterling’s lawyer asked for a three-month delay in the action, which was immediately turned down by the NBA.
After Silver announced the ban, Sterling initially vowed to fight the action and hold on to the team.
An unnamed source close to the team told ABC News that Donald Sterling signed his part of the team over to his wife, who previously shared ownership of the club with her estranged husband. Donald Sterling was banned for life last month in the wake of leaked tapes in which he was heard making racist comments while talking to his assistant, V. Stiviano.