Donald Sterling is stepping up his battle with the NBA. The league's commissioner Adam SIlver banned the Clippers owner for life and fined him $2.5 million after his racist rant went public. Sterling responded by suing the NBA for $1 billion. Now sources tell CNN that Sterling hired private investigators to dig up dirt on the league's other owners. Anderson discussed all of this with Bobby Samini, who is one of Donald Sterling's attorneys and Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
Brian Todd reports on the allegations of Donald Sterling investigating NBA owners.
This past weekend Donald Sterling accepted an invitation to a predominately African-American chuch service in South Central Los Angeles. The pastor, Rev. J. B. Hardwick, explained the invitation to Anderson saying, "I noticed this man carrying a load or burden and my heart went out to him." Rev. Hardwick also talks about his feelings about Sterling's racist comments.
Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, but CNN's Brian Todd broke the news that she worked out a position for herself with the team. All this comes as Donald Sterling files a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA. There are questions the circumstances surrounding a pair of doctors declaring Donald Sterling 'mentally incapacitated.' Anderson spoke with Donald Sterling's attorney Maxwell Blecher.
Brian Todd looks at what's going on behind the scenes.
First came word that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer agreed to buy the Clippers for $2-billion. Then we learned that two doctors declared Donald Sterling mentally incapacitated, giving his wife Shelly sole power to sell the team. While that would be an opportunity for the Clippers owner to quietly walk away from the NBA, Donald Sterling's lawyer filed a lawsuit, suing the league for $1-billion. Anderson discussed these latest twists with sports agent Drew Rosenhaus and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos.
Roger Mason Jr is the Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association, he told Anderson that he was stunned by the amount of money Steve Ballmer is willing to pay for the Clippers.
Donald Sterling's lawyer says the Clippers owner has a guillotine over his head. On Tuesday, the NBA is set to hold a hearing that could strip Sterling of his ownership of the team. Now, there are reports that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer signed a binding agreement to buy the team for $2-billion. But hours before news of the deal broke, Sterling's attorney, Max Blecher, spoke to Wolf Blitzer and threatened to fight the league in court. Anderson discussed all of this with senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Stephen A. Smith, co-host of ESPN's First Take.
When Shelly Sterling started lining up buyers for the L.A. Clippers, it may have seemed, at least for a minute, that Donald Sterling was ready to walk away from the NBA. In fact, he cleared the way in a letter to the NBA confirming that he authorized his wife to negotiate the sale of the team. But now, his lawyer tells ESPN that Donald Sterling "is going to fight to the bloody end," and "he disavows anything" Shelly is doing to sell the team. So what's next for the Clippers? Anderson spoke with CNN legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin along with Rachel Nichols, host of CNN's Unguarded.
Donald Sterling appears ready to officially exit the NBA. There are indications today he is preparing to sign his ownership interest in the Clippers over to his wife so she can negotiate a sale. There are lingering questions about whether Shelly Sterling will try to hold onto a portion of the team.
Now we are learning surprising new details about the scandal that is forcing Sterling's exit. An L.A. Times report details how Sterling and Stiviano's relationship fell apart just before the now infamous racist rant became public. It also looks at Shelly Sterling's involvement. Randi Kaye has the latest.
Wolf discussed the future of the Clippers with sports agent Drew Rosenhaus and Stephen A. Smith, co-host of 'First Take' on ESPN.
In his exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper, Donald Sterling referred to his wife Shelly as his ex-wife and discussed their upcoming divorce. But while their marriage may be ending, the L.A. Times reports on the NBA investigation that alleges they were working together as a team to try to cover up the now infamous recordings and do damage control after it went public. Randi Kaye has new information on what was allegedly happening behind the scenes during the Sterling scandal.
Anderson discussed the impact these allegations could have on Sterlings' battle with the NBA.
In a news conference Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is "doing the right thing" by forcing out LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. This came only one day after the NBA outlined their charges against Sterling and on the same day Sterling's lawyer demanded three months to respond. "The proceedings and the processes set out in our constitution is something they signed on for when they became owners in the league," said Silver. The commissioner expressed confidence in the NBA's ability to force Sterling into selling the franchise, which he has owned since 1981.
The NBA made it official today, and started the process to remove Donald Sterling as an owner of the L.A. Clippers. It could be the start of a long and ugly legal battle. The league needs the support of 75% of the other team owners. Already, Sterling is fighting the NBA's lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine. Today's move is no surprise, and Sterling discussed his future with the team when he spoke exclusively with AC360. Anderson got the latest on the developing situation from Rachel Nichols, host of CNN's "Unguarded," along with Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.