Report: Attorneys for Shelly Sterling seek protection from Donald Sterling
The attorneys for Shelly Sterling will make an "urgent" request to a judge on Thursday to seek protection for their legal team and doctors after they determined her husband -- embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling -- is mentally incapacitated, the Associated Press reported late Wednesday night.
According to the report, Shelly's team will look to protect her witnesses by asking the judge to essentially order her 80-year-old husband and his representatives not to "threaten, harass or intimidate" them, according to the report.
The trial gets underway in July to determine whether she can sell the Clippers franchise to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
An audio recording of Sterling, who purchased the Clippers for $12.5 million 1981, was released in April -- a day before his 80th birthday -- in which he was heard making disparaging remarks about African-Americans. Sterling later admitted to being the voice making the comments on the phone call, which he was having with a friend, although he said he did not know at the time that he was being recorded.
He was subsequently fined the maximum penalty of $2 million by the NBA per league bylaws and banned for life from the league.