On Wednesday the 2nd Court of Appeal rejected Donald Sterling’s petition to halt the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. That decision means Sterling has virtually no chance of getting the team back and that Ballmer’s purchase of the Clippers has been validated.
The key part of court’s ruling reads as follows:
“The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers … has closed. Thus there is nothing for this court to say.”
The appeals court also rejected Sterling’s request to overturn a lower court’s ruling that opened the way for Ballmer’s purchase of the team:
“Even if the sale had not closed…petitioner has failed to show that the balancing of the relative harm favors granting him a temporary stay.”
Ballmer’s attorney, Adam Streisand released a statement that said he was “supremely confident that this is now over and done” and that Ballmer is now the owner of the Clippers.
Sterling’s petition claimed the the initial ruling occurred as a result of a “lone judge applying two novel legal interpretations.” His essential point was that the rule of law had been flouted and that he had not gotten a fair shake in the initial trial simply because he was unpopular. The 2nd Court of Appeal roundly dismissed that with today’s ruling.
Sterling needs to come to terms with the fact that he no longer owns the Clippers and that he will never be involved with the NBA in any way, shape or form moving forward. It’s over Donald, give it up.