Last year, Sterling was banned from the NBA and removed from the family trust by wife Shelly Sterling after an audio recording surfaced of him making racist comments. Shelley, from whom he filed for divorce in August, sold the team to Ballmer for $2 billion, a record price, on August 12, 2014.
On Monday, the appeals court denied Sterling’s request for the sale to be reversed, and said he failed to prove that the judge made any legal error in the matter. The court also stated that Sterling congratulated his then-wife on her $2 billion negotiations before he refused to sign off on them, saying to her, “Wow, you really did a good job.”
Sterling, 81, is also in the midst of suing Shelley, the NBA and two doctors regarding the matter.
- Kayla Lombardo