2014 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling lost ownership of the Clippers after he was caught on tape being racist. (We already knew he was a vile man, but an actual recording was too much to ignore.) After NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned him for life, Sterling threatened to sue everyone basically every other day before Steve Ballmer bought… » 1/06/15 12:00pm 1/06/15 12:00pm

Drake Mixes Up Adam Silver And Donald Sterling During Drake Night

So I guess Drake Night is going to be a yearly tradition for the Toronto Raptors, which is fine by us because Drake + basketball always equals a good time. Last night proved to be no different, when Drake confused NBA commissioner Adam Silver with racist shitbag Donald Sterling. » 12/18/14 12:01pm 12/18/14 12:01pm

Clippers Release Video To Remind Us Donald Sterling Isn't The Owner

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Clippers released a new hype video to start the new season. The message: Buy tickets and come to our games, because Donald Sterling doesn't own the team anymore! » 10/29/14 1:48pm 10/29/14 1:48pm

Donald Sterling's Stink Is Fading From The Clippers

Donald Sterling's son-in-law Eric Miller left the Clippers this summer, new owner Steve Ballmer told the LA Times Wednesday. Miller was the team's Director of Basketball Administration last season, one of the more senior members of the Doc Rivers-helmed Basketball Operations department. Ballmer said that Miller was… » 9/25/14 1:19am 9/25/14 1:19am

Yes, Bruce Levenson's Racist Email Was Racist

By now you're aware that Bruce Levenson, controlling owner of the Atlanta Hawks, is selling his stake in the team, at least in part because of fallout from an email he sent to other members of team management back in 2012, theorizing that the team struggles to fill its arena because "the black crowd scared away… » 9/09/14 5:05pm 9/09/14 5:05pm

V. Stiviano Now Claims Donald Sterling Is Gay And She Was His Beard

The claims, which you can read below, are a little out there considering what we know of Donald Sterling's past as Grade-A racist, womanizing dickbag. » 8/21/14 10:08pm 8/21/14 10:08pm

Shelly Sterling Officially Named "Clippers Number 1 Fan" For Life

The NBA made Steve Ballmer's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers official today, even though this was breaking news a couple months ago. As part of the sale, the Clippers have agreed to bestow a collection of perks upon Shelly Sterling, one of which will designate her as the Clippers' "Number 1 Fan" for the rest… » 8/12/14 6:16pm 8/12/14 6:16pm

Judge Rules Against Donald Sterling, Who Will Lose The Clippers

Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers was finally wrested away from him thanks to a judge's ruling on Sterling's lawsuit against his wife, Shelly, which was meant to block the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. The judge ruled a clean sweep in favor of Shelly Sterling, and the sale of the team… » 7/28/14 6:11pm 7/28/14 6:11pm

Court Documents Reveal Owning The Clippers Is A License To Print Money

Thanks to Donald Sterling's ongoing legal battles, ESPN was able to get its hands on something called a "bid book," a report prepared for the Sterlings by Bank of America that details the Clippers' financials as well as what kind of bids the Sterlings should have expected from prospective buyers. There's a lot to be… » 7/23/14 5:21pm 7/23/14 5:21pm

Donald Sterling Is Suing Everybody, Again

In yet another attempt to make some more cash and make everyone else's life difficult, Donald Sterling has filed another lawsuit against his wife and the NBA, accusing them of defrauding him out of the Clippers and demanding that the sale of the team be blocked. » 7/23/14 11:05am 7/23/14 11:05am

CFO Of Sterling Trust Says Clippers Sale Necessary To Pay Off Loans

When Donald Sterling dissolved the Sterling Family Trust, the entity that ran the Clippers, he was trying to prevent the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer. It's pretty simple: if the trust did not exist, it couldn't sell anything to anyone. Only, it might not be that simple. According to testimony from Darren Schield,… » 7/22/14 1:01am 7/22/14 1:01am

Drake's Donald Sterling Rap Provided The ESPYs' Most Awkward Moment

Because the ESPYs are a celebration of ESPN's ability to celebrate celebrities, and exist in their own state of acute unreality, it's always fun when the real world—the one ESPN's reporters cover, often aggressively—decides to intrude. In 1998, it arrived in the form of Norm Macdonald lighting the whole room on fire… » 7/17/14 12:00pm 7/17/14 12:00pm

Drake Serenades Side Pieces With Brian McKnight, Takes On Donald…

So, the ESPYS took kind of a dark turn tonight. It started off innocently enough with Drake performing a medley interlude, starting with a song about the athletes who have never won anything—taking playful jabs at Dan Marino, Danica Patrick, and others—and then he started singing about side pieces. And then Brian… » 7/16/14 10:39pm 7/16/14 10:39pm

Donald Sterling's Not Getting Along Nicely With His Wife In Court

Donald Sterling was back in court today against his wife Shelly. His testimony had a few bizarre moments yesterday, and the circus continued today. More importantly, though, there's a strong feeling that this shit won't be over before the NBA Board of Governors meeting on July 15 to approve Steve Ballmer as new… » 7/09/14 10:46pm 7/09/14 10:46pm

The Strangest Moments From Donald Sterling's Testimony Today

A day after being called up to the stand by Shelly Sterling's attorney, Donald Sterling actually showed up for Sterling v. Sterling. The disgraced Clippers owner's behavior and responses were quite bizarre at times—which is par for the course with him—but some of his quotes were still astounding. » 7/08/14 9:25pm 7/08/14 9:25pm

Sterling v. Sterling kicked off in probate court today, and will decide if Shelly Sterling has the right to sell the Clippers. Shelly's attorney immediately called his first witness: Donald Sterling. Donald Sterling was not there, a decidedly poor start for his case. » 7/07/14 6:44pm 7/07/14 6:44pm

Donald Sterling Soaks In The Sun, Chats With Some Gals

The reclining lump clad in black in the pool chair is Donald Sterling, catching some rays poolside. According to our tipster, he was at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. » 7/04/14 11:15am 7/04/14 11:15am

Donald Sterling Left Furious Voicemails For Two Doctors

Your two favorite people were back in court today, with Shelly Sterling seeking an injunction against Donald Sterling, accusing him of threatening her lawyer and two doctors who had him declared mentally incapacitated. I know you're not sick of hearing Donald Sterling's voice on tape yet, so please enjoy, via the L.A.… » 6/19/14 3:44pm 6/19/14 3:44pm

Donald Sterling Releases Statement On Why He's Now Suing The NBA

OK, Donald Sterling is really suing the NBA this time, we think. He might change his mind in two days. Who knows. Anyway, he released a statement today explaining his reasons for suing. » 6/10/14 10:00pm 6/10/14 10:00pm

There's Nothing Barring Steve Ballmer From Moving The Clippers

No one is saying Steve Ballmer intends to move the Clippers to Seattle. Ballmer specifically said he won't. Still, it's certainly notable that the term sheet Ballmer signed when agreeing to purchase the team does not contain any language committing him to keep the team in Los Angeles. » 6/10/14 11:02am 6/10/14 11:02am