In the most expected legal maneuver since Vinny Gambini called Mona Lisa Vito as a witness, ousted Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has appealed the ruling that approved the team’s sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
On Friday, lawyers for Sterling asked the Second District Court of Appeals to stay a probate judge’s ruling that essentially approved the sale. Sterling’s representatives claim the judge prematurely finalized his ruling so the sale could be completed without the chance for an appeal.
It is unlikely that the action will have any effect since the sale would likely be able to go forward while the appeal moves through the courts. The judge barred any delays in the sale pending appeal.
Shelly Sterling, Donald’s estranged wife, negotiated a $2 billion sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old owner for life after he was recorded making offensive remarks about minorities.
Regardless of Sterling’s legal maneuvering, the sale is a foregone conclusion. The NBA and commissioner Adam Silver will not allow him to own a franchise and if they did players have already threatened a boycott. It won’t happen, Sterling is done and out no matter what happens with the legal system.