This is not going to work.
As soon as Judge Michael Levanas signed and filed his final order Tuesday morning clearing the way for the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers from the Sterling Family Trust to Steve Ballmer, the money was transferred and the sale executed. It’s done. The final horn has sounded. Game over.
But you didn’t think Sterling would just quit, did you? He’s a rich, angry, desperate man who will keep trying to bully the league through the courts because that’s who he is.
Sterling went to an appellate court Tuesday in the hours after the sale went through trying to get the sale blocked and overturned, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Hours after the announcement of the Clippers’ sale Tuesday, Donald Sterling petitioned an appeals court to overturn the move.
“An immediate stay from this court, and an order halting or unwinding the sale, is necessary,” the filing said, “to allow meaningful review of the novel and erroneous legal determinations made here, and to restore public faith in our justice system….”
Pierce O’Donnell, Shelly Sterling’s attorney, called the petition “patently frivolous.”
It’s not going to work, not according to the legal people I spoke to about this. No judge is going to go back reverse the sale or overturn the order (Sterling has already had that shot down once). You can’t unring the bell.
Make no mistake, Donald Sterling will not go quietly. He will stick around and be a thorn in the side of the NBA for a while. He has his attorneys on speed dial and the money to pay them to harass the NBA until he gets bored with it. Which is going to take a while, he’s a bitter man.
Sterling knows he is never going to own the Clippers again, never again attend of their games. He had a lot of his identity wrapped up in being the guy who owned the Clippers — he loved the doors it opened, the people who kissed his behind because they wanted to be close to the team. And if he can’t have that he’s going to lash out at those that do and those that he blames for taking it away from him. Like a petulant child.
When the answer for who is to blame remains in the mirror.