Donald Sterling and wife Shelly have likely taken in their last Clippers game together. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Sterling Trial Day II: Donald Sterling plays lawyer from witness stand


While host nation Brazil was getting thrashed in their World Cup semifinal match with Germany, Donald Sterling was seemingly toying with Bert Fields, Shelly Sterling’s lawyer and the man supposed to be asking all the questions.

Day two of the Shelly Sterling vs. Donald Sterling trial got underway at 1:30 p.m. PST with the cross examination of Dr. Meril Platzer, the first neurologist to examine Donald Sterling and determine him mentally unfit to handle the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. Based on the live-tweeting of reporters on hand, Donald Sterling’s lawyer Gary Ruttenberg had the judge on his last wits trying to get the case thrown out.

When Ruttenberg actually focused on the witness, he tried to demonstrate that Platzer violated doctor-patient confidentiality by releasing results of the exam.

Platzer revealed some interesting details about her evaluation of Donald, painting him as neurotic, confused and calm all at once.

Dr. James Spar, the other medical expert to examine Donald Sterling, followed as the second witness. Or at least he was supposed to until the man of the hour walked in just as Spar took the stand.

Though Sterling owned all the attention, Spar still gave his testimony and added to the Donald Sterling’s chaotic reputation.

Finally, it was Donald Sterling’s turn. And he delivered, immediately turning the tables on Fields.

Among the topics addressed during the questioning, we learned that Sterling:

LA Times reporter Bill Plaschke best summed up the experience.

Day three proceedings begin Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. PST. We’ll have more hard-hitting details and tweets tomorrow.

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