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Report: Dementia kept Sterling out of Clippers sale

POSTED: May 30, 2014 7:31 PM ET


— A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.

The individual, who is familiar with the trust and the medical evaluations but wasn't authorized to speak publicly, says Sterling was deemed "mentally incapacitated."

Shelly Sterling said in a statement Thursday that she agreed to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer "under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers."

Donald Sterling's attorneys contend that as a co-owner he must give his consent for the deal to go through. They say he won't be giving it.

His attorney, Bobby Samini, says "the assertion that Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd."