Donald Sterling called his wife a “pig” in court Wednesday, after he defiantly shouted on the witness stand that he will never sell the LA Clippers.
Sterling, who vowed a lifetime of lawsuits against the NBA, was enraged as his wife, Shelly, attempted to seal a $2 billion deal to unload the team.
“Make no mistake today, I will never, ever sell this team, and until I die, I will be suing the NBA for this terrible violation under antitrust.” Sterling shouted toward the end of his second day of testimony in an LA Superior Court trial that will determine if the sale goes through.
As Shelly prepared to follow him on the stand, she tried to approach him in the front row of the courtroom, and he shouted,
“Get away from me, you pig!”
The judge slammed him and told him to make no further comments.
Sterling bizarrely began his testimony by saying that he loved his wife, but then berated her for allegedly misleading him.
“She deceived me. I trusted her,” Sterling said. “I never thought a wife wouldn’t stand for her husband.”
His lawyers are challenging Shelly’s authority under a family trust to unilaterally cut a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Before she made the deal, two doctors examined Donald and declared him mentally incapacitated and unable to act as an administrator of the Sterling Family Trust, team owner.
Donald claims that Shelly, 79, had told him to undergo psychiatric and neurological exams only because he had reached his 80th birthday, and she had expressed concern for his health.
Donald said he was certain his wife had never read the trust documents because they were too complicated for her to understand.
The NBA banned Donald for life and moved to force him to sell the Clippers after a recorded conversation came to light earlier this year in which he made racist statements.
When asked on the witness stand Wednesday, he again denied he was racist.
NBA owners are scheduled to vote on the Ballmer deal next Tuesday. It’s also the day that Ballmer’s offer is set to expire — and there will be no deal without the judge’s approval.
If the sale isn’t completed by Sept. 15, the league said it could seize the team and put it up for auction.