Donald Sterling Files Lawsuit Against Wife Shelly and NBA Citing Corporate Fraud

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, right, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. With a $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a judge is set to determine Monday, June 30, 2014, if the terms of a family trust alone are enough to confirm Donald Sterling was properly removed as trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the team without his consent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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Another wrinkle has been added to the ongoing Donald Sterling saga, with the Los Angeles Clippers owner filing a lawsuit against his wife, Shelly, and the NBA, alleging the two of committing corporate fraud, per's Ramona Shelburne:

Maxwell Blecher believes that any sort of ruling on this most recent suit might not come for years, via's Arash Markazi:

This is different from the lawsuit he previously filed against the league and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver:

With the many twists and turns of this story, it's becoming increasingly difficult to remain up to speed with each new development. The proposed sale of the Clippers from Shelly Sterling to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion feels like ages ago.

Sterling and Blecher have always insisted that this would become extremely messy for both his wife and the league, and so it has. The sale of the team is tied up in the courts, and no resolution is in sight.

Meanwhile, people currently in the Clippers organization are caught in the crossfire.

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The team's interim CEO, Richard Parsons, testified in court on Tuesday that head coach Doc Rivers would want out if Donald Sterling remains the owner, per the Associated Press (via Yahoo Sports):

Doc is troubled by this maybe moreso than anybody else. If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach. If Doc were to leave, that would be a disaster. Doc is the father figure, the one who leads. He's the coach. He's the grown-up. He is able to connect with people and earn their trust. The team believes in him and loves him. If he were to leave, that is only going to accelerate the death spiral.

As's Matt Moore pointed out, the original lawsuit that's currently ongoing will wrap up on July 28. If the judge doesn't reach a ruling by Aug. 15, though, Ballmer's $2 billion offer will expire.

At that point, Silver and the league would attempt to enter litigation to terminate Sterling's ownership and put the team up for auction.