Friday, 11 July 2014
Shelly Sterling: Donald booted from Barbara Walters show
LOS ANGELES -- The Sterling vs. Sterling probate drama will take a hiatus for a while after Shelly Sterling testified Thursday that Barbara Walters canceled an interview with Donald Sterling because of his erratic behavior at a hotel and that NBA commissioner Adam Silver might have cut a deal to reduce penalties if the disgraced Donald had agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.
The trial, which could clear the way for Shelly, Donald's wife of 58 years, to complete a sale of the Clippers to billionaire former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, won't resume until July 21 because of attorney and judge scheduling issues. Judge Michael Levanas set closing arguments for July 28, and it is unknown how long Levanas will take to make a ruling.
The $2 billion sales agreement between Shelly and Ballmer has a Tuesday deadline, but also a provision to extend it to Aug. 15.
"I think the judge is doing everything he can to make sure we are going to get a decision before the Aug. 15 extension date," said Adam Streisand, Ballmer's lawyer. "I'm confident we're going to get this team sold within that time frame. I'm very excited about how it's going."
Shelly, called "a pig" by Donald at the end of Wednesday's testimony, showed up Thursday in good spirits, escorted by a bailiff. She joked with a couple of reporters outside the courtroom about not being allowed to answer any questions in the hallway.