Donald Sterling tells wife in court, ‘Get away from me, you pig!’


Shelly Sterling arrives to Los Angeles Superior Court for the non-jury trial over whether she has the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers over the objections of her husband, Donald Sterling, on July 8, 2014. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Donald Sterling took the stand again today, as part of the trial which will determine if he can overturn his wife’s position that he is mentally unfit to block the Clippers’ $2 billion sale. And as with his first day of testimony Tuesday, he had more than his share of fiery moments.

Sterling’s wife, Shelly, took the stand after Donald, and when she was done, she went over to talk to him. That is when this happened:

It says everything about the kind of trial this has been so far that some reporters thought, and tweeted, that they heard “bitch” instead of “pig,” and the judge felt compelled to more or less rule that Sterling had called his wife the latter. Shelly Sterling had been testifying that she hired doctors to examine her husband because she was concerned about his mental state.

Wednesday’s session began with testimony from of the doctors, Meril Platzer, who found that Sterling was mentally incapacitated. In his testimony Tuesday, Sterling had accused the physician of being a drunkard. And right away, Sterling’s attorney, Gary Ruttenberg, began treating Platzer in a way that could only have pleased his combative client.

Eventually, Sterling made his way to the stand, and he had both kind and disparaging words for Shelly.

But Sterling’s most troubling comments, from the NBA’s perspective at least, were about the league itself.


So, to recap, first Sterling’s attorney said that the doctor who examined the Clippers’ owner had been seduced by “the dark side.” Then Sterling said his wife knew none of the details of, and had no standing in, the Sterling Family Trust of which she took control. Then Shelly Sterling testified that she and Donald were “sort of” separated and that she thought he might have had a stroke. Then he called her a pig.

Needless to say, the would-be purchaser (for $2 billion) of the Clippers, Steve Ballmer is watching the proceedings with great interest. As is his lawyer, who had this to say:

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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