Donald Sterling had his latest attempt to block the sale of the Clippers for $2 billion to Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer rejected on Wednesday by a California appeals court, according to the Associated Press.
The sale was finalized earlier this week and the 2nd Appellate District Court issued a statement on Wednesday that there was nothing it could do at this point because the sale had already been made official. The news comes after it was determined that Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly, had gone through the proper channels and protocols to remove him from the family trust that owned the team. Michael McCann explored this week the ways in which Sterling most recently sought to block the sale.
Sterling, 80, was banned from the NBA for life this spring and fined $2.5 million by the league shortly after he admitted to making derogatory remarks about African Americans during a taped telephone call that he did not know was being recorded that was later leaked to the media.
Sterling purchased the Clippers for $12 million in 1981. Ballmer's lawyer said in the report on Wednesday that Clippers nation rejoices in the latest blow to the franchise's now-former owner.
- Marc Weinreich