May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Shelly Sterling (Rochelle Sterling) attends game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles CLippers at Staples Center. Sterling is the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (not in attendance). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sterling Trial Day IV: No Donald Sterling makes proceedings slightly less erratic as Shelly Sterling takes center stage

Donald Sterling was nowhere to be found on day four as Shelly Sterling was the trial’s lone witness Thursday, and Judge Michael Levanas’ day had to be slightly less taxing for it.

Though attorney Max Blecher did his best to impersonate the antagonizing Donald Sterling, including an attempt to call Shelly Sterling’s attorney as a witness, the biggest news again came once the questions had been exhausted. Judge Levanas gave the trial a tangible end date, which is more than we can say about the LeBron James NBA free agency waiting game.

Though this appears to conflict with the July 15 deadline for Shelly Sterling and Steve Ballmer to officially conclude the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, Ballmer’s lawyer believes they will have no trouble getting an extension by showing real progress towards the deal.

Blecher kept Shelly Sterling on the stand for nearly two hours, badgering her with questions she couldn’t answer.

In a repeat of yesterday’s testimony, Shelly continued to demonstrate that her husband had been behind (and involved in) her negotiation of the $2 billion sale, until he wasn’t.

For those of you keeping track, this is probably more confusing than a baseball scorecard. If you recall Wednesday’s testimony, Donald Sterling loudly proclaimed he would never sell the team and wants the league to make the transaction so he can throw down his antitrust lawsuit.

In a surprising twist, Shelly Sterling revealed that the sale of the team was necessary for financial reasons despite Donald Sterling’s $1.9 billion net worth, according to (which she apparently doesn’t read).

Another wrinkle came to the surface about one of Donald Sterling’s many flip-flop moments. *According to Shelly Sterling*, NBA commissioner Adam Silver actually considered lowering the lifetime ban when it appeared he had Sterling’s cooperation.

Though those claims have yet to be verified.

True or not, Donald Sterling went rogue.

Minutes after confessing surprise that her own husband would sue her for doing what he asked, Shelly Sterling hugged Blecher.


With an eleven day recess, Judge Levanas will be counting down the hours until he gets to preside again.

We will too.

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